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EVANeELISP 

Official Organ of "Ghc Brethren Church 



This Week: 



The first issue in a New Venture in Brethren Publications — the 
new unified Brethren Evangelist. Read first page eight, and then 
turn your attention to the many other features contained in this 
new Brethren family magazine. 




Vol. LXXXIII 



January 7, 1961 



No. 



For 1960-61: "VENTURING with CHRIST" (II Peter 3:18) 



PAGE TWO 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 

EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor of Publications ..Rev. W. St. Clair Bensiioflf 

Board of Editorial Consultants: 

Woman's Missionary Society 

Mrs. Charlene Rowser 
National Laymen's Organization 

Floyd S. Benshoff 

National Brethren Youth Beverly Summy 

Missionary Board Mrs. Ida Lindower 

Contributing Editors: 

National Sunday School Board .... Richard Winfield 
Sunday School Lesson Comments 

Rev. William H. Anderson 

Prayer Meeting Studies Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 

Spiritual Meditations Rev. Dyoll Belote 

Evangelism Rev. J. D. Hamel 

Special Subjects Rev. H. William Fells 

Published weekly, except the fourth week in July 
and the last week in December by: 

THE BRETHREN PUBLISHING COMPANY 

524 College Ave., Ashland, Ohio 

Phone: 37271 

Terms of Subscription: 

$4.00 per year per subscription. 

Payable in Advance. 

Entered as second class matter at Ashland, Ohio. 
Accepted for mailing at special rate, section 1103, 
Act of October 3, 1917. Authorized September 3, 1928. 

Change of Address: In ordering change of ad- 
dress, please notify at least three weeks in advance, 
giving both old and new address. 

Remittances: Send all money, business communi- 
cations and contributed articles to the above address. 

Prudential Committee: 

A. Glenn Carpenter, President; Rev. E. Phil 
Lersch, Vice President; H. D. Hunter, Secretary- 
Treasurer. 



In This Issue: 

Editorial: "A New Year's Philosophy" 3 

"With This We Conquer" 4 

Questions and Answers About the 

Brethren Evangelist 6 

Spiritual Meditations 7 

An Explanation 8 

Facts About the Publication Day Offering 9 

Missionary Board 10 

Woman's Missionary Society 12 

Sunday School Lesson 14 

Prayer Meeting Study 15 

Sunday School Suggestions 15 

World Religious News In Review 16 

Brethren Laymen 18 

Brethren Youth 20 

Ashland Theological Seminary News 22 

General Interest Items 22 

Woman's Corner 23 



THE NEW YEAR 

What shall I ask for the coming year? 

What shall my watchword be? 
What would'st Thou do for me, dear Lord? 

What shall I do for Thee? 

Lord, I would ask for a holy year, 

Spent in Thy perfect will; 
Help me to walk in Thy very steps; 

Help me to please Thee still. 

Lord, I would ask for a heav'nly year, 

Humble and yet so high; 
Help me to sink at Thy blessed feet. 

And on Thy bosom lie. 

Lord, I would ask for a trustful year; 

Give me Thy faith divine, 
Taking my full inheritance, 

Making Thy fullness mine. 

Lord, I would ask for a year of love; 

Oh, let me love Thee best! 
Give me the love that faileth not 

Under the hardest test. 

Lord, I would ask for a busy year, 

Filled up with service true; 
Doing with all Thy Spirit's might 

All that I find to do. 

Lord, I would ask for a year of prayer; 

Teach me to talk with Thee; 
Breathe in my heart Thy Spirit's breath; 

Pray Thou Thy prayer in me. 

Lord, I would ask for the dying world, 
Stretch forth Thy mighty hand; 

Scatter Thy Woi'd; Thy power display, 
This year in every land. 

Lord, I would ask for a year of joy. 

Thy peace. Thy joy divine. 
Springing undimmed through all the days, 

Whether of shade or shine. 

Lord, I would ask for a year of hope. 

Looking for Thee to come, 
And hastening on that year of years 

That brings us Christ and Home. 

— A. B. Simpson. 



ABOUT THE NEW PRESS: 

As of December 28th, the new two-color press 
has not put in its appearance at Ashland. 



JANUARY 7, 1961 



PAGE THREE 



The Editor's Pulpit 



H Iflew Tears Vhilosophy 



MYTHICAL FATHER TIME 
has made another notch on 
the handle of his scythe, and 
another year has become his- 
tory. The echoes of the midnight 
cheers and well-wishes have 
died, and we find ourselves well 
along in the year 1961. 

It has been the custom for 
many years to gather together 
on New Year's Eve, and, at the 
stroke of twelve, wish each and 
everyone a "Happy New Year." 
We believe there is more to it 
than just shouting the words. 
We believe that there is some 
genuine wishful thinking in the 
hearts of people. 

Few people (and those who do 
are mistaken) live each year to 
their complete satisfaction. No 
one hves to their fullest capacity 
of power and usefulness. Few 
look back upon a year and see 
no regrets nor places where 
they could have done better. So, 
at the end of the year, there is 
the wish that the old shall be 
wiped away, and that a new 
start be granted. 

Facing the possibility of a 
new year, we like to feel we can 
rise above those things which 
blotted and spoiled the year just 
closing. So, with great joy we 
shout the words of new year 
greetings. 

It is not wrong to conduct a 
personal examination at the end 
of the year — it is profitable at 
any time for that matter. How- 
ever, if such an examination 
brings to our mind the conclu- 



sion that everything which went 
wrong in the year past was the 
result of outside forces bearing 
upon us, then we have not 
gained much by our examina- 
tion. Such thinking results in a 
wish that all the forces around 
us will somehow make every- 
thing better for us. 

In reality, the rise and fall 
of life is pretty much of our 
own choosing. If changes need 
to be made, they need to be 
made within us. The past year 
has had its disappointments, its 




sorrows, its failures. It has al- 
so had its joys and rewards. Op- 
portunities have been many. But 
that is all past, now. What 
about the year which the Lord 
is giving us? 

Nineteen Sixty-one is a very 
special year because it is the 
one we now have. Future years 
are yet to come, past years are 
gone. Tliere are some things 
every Christian should know to 
make this a profitable year. We 
don't know how much of the 



year we may have in which to 
do God's will, therefore let us 
always be ready to do His bid- 
ding. We don't know what sor- 
row, tragedy or unforseen cir- 
cumstance may change our way 
of life completely, so let us 
master the virtue of trusting 
the Lord completely. 

In all things we should be 
ready to praise Him. This im- 
plies a positive approach to the 
church and its services, and to 
our periods of daily devotions. 
We should also look to our own 
heart to be sure that our con- 
trolling purpose in life is cen- 
tered in God's will for us. 
"Keep thy heart with all dili- 
gence, for out of it are the is- 
sues of life." 

If your heart is full of New 
Year's wishful thinking, then it 
it time to adopt a new philos- 
ophy. Paul outlines it for us: 
"... forgetting those things 
which are behind, . . .reaching 
foi'th unto those things which 
are before, I press toward the 
mark for the prize of the high 
calling of God in Christ Jesus." 
Paul practiced this well. He 
made mistakes, as all of us do; 
he was sorry about them and 
he asked the Lord to forgive 
him — so should we. But he nev- 
er forgot that God could use 
him if he was willing to face 
life realistically and follow Him. 
May our approach to this new 
year be of the same philosophy, 
for in this, we shall please the 
Lord. W. S. B. 



PAGE FOUR 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



WITH THIS 




WE CONQUER 



DARKNESS in many forms 
sweeps on in its relentless 
campaign to blind and doom 
the hearts of men. On the other 
hand statistics indicate that 
moi'e people today are reading 
than in any other period of his- 
tory. What the world's teaming 
millions are reading is, or should 
be, of gi-eat concern to the Chris- 
tian. 

The printed page is nov/ a vi- 
tal part of everyday life. Each 
minute that you spend reading 
this article one hundred more 
people leam to read. If the 
present rate of literacy contin- 
ues, it is estimated that within 
the next 25 to 30 years illiter- 
acy will be virtually vanished 
from the earth. When the Com- 
munists celebrated their con- 
quest of China, their parades 
were led by individuals carry- 



ing replicas of printing presses 
at the top of long poles. Under- 
neath the pictures of the presses 
was the inscription: "WITH 
THIS WE CONQUER". 

It will be a great day of ad- 
vancement in the Brethren 
Church when all of our people 
realize the tremendous power 
of the printed page. The ulti- 
mate will be reached when our 
local church leaders, as a whole, 
will realize that the whole pro- 
gram of the church can go for- 
ward only as our church peo- 
ple read about it in our publica- 
tions. In a day when the pagan 
world is propagandizing the 
minds of people everywhere, we 
of the Christian church are fail- 
ing our God-given responsibility 
if we do not go all out in our 
church publications. 



It is reported that Russia 
spends nearly 50 times as much 
as the United States spends on 
literature. That is $50 for ev- 
ery single dollar that we spend 
in circulating the Word of God 
or even trying to offset the 
spread of Communistic litera- 
ture or non-Christian cults. 

Some have called this the bat- 
tle of the printing press. Others 
have called it the Paper War. 
Most surely it is a Spiritual 
War. It is an all-out war. If we 
of the church are to be success- 
ful in winning the minds and 
hearts of people for Christ, we 
must sharpen our weapons, plan 
our strategy and then go to bat- 
tle. 

Perhaps it doesn't mean too 
much to us to know that mil- 
lions of people each year are be- 
ing taught the Communistic 



JANUARY 7, 1961 



PAGE FIVE 



way of life by what they read. 
Perhaps the figures are beyond 
our understanding. But if we 
look at it from the standpoint 
of our own denomination we 
will see that by our own efforts 
coupled with the efforts of other 
churches in spreading the gospel 
through the printed page, we 
have the effective weapons 
against pagan propaganda. The 
Communists conquer by using 
the printing press; their paper 
bullets are being fired at every 
human heart. Yes, the members 
of each Brethren church are the 
targets for these pagan paper 
bullets. It is time that we re- 
alize the seriousness of the Pa- 
per War. 

God has given us the mate- 
rials and the know-how to pro- 
duce literature for the spread 
of the gospel. We must, if the 
church is to enjoy an increased 
unity of message and purpose, 
go all out in support of our 
church literature program. 

Christ has the answers to to- 
day's complex and excruciating 
problems, and to eternity's ques- 
tions. We, of the church must 
communicate that answer to 
men around us. The printed 
page is by far the best v^ay of 
reaching the heart of man. 

Our church publications as- 
sume the responsibility right- 
fully theirs, to serve as the me- 
dium of getting the spiritual 
help to those who need it. 

It is thus expedient that our 
church publications be fully sup- 
ported by all members of the 
Brethren church. The Editor of 
Publications has repeatedly 
stated that the best and most 
effective means of reaching men 
with spiritual help is through 
the printed page. Do you have 
a message you want people to 
know? Print it, and let them 
read it. How it is printed, and 
how it reaches them varies, 



with some methods successful 
and others not so. One of the 
tasks of your publication edito- 
rial staff is deciding which ways 
and means are best to accomp- 
lish this, and to see that it is 
done. 

But your help is needed. First 
of all, your prayers. God is still 
on His throne, and is mindful 
of all of our needs; He is wait- 
ing for us to ask Him for help 
and guidance in our publication 
program. Will you offer your 
prayers to help unlock doors? 

Second, each local church is 
the control point on the success 
or failure of our publication 
progi'am in that area. A pastor 
interested in spreading spiritual 
help through our publications, 
will do all he can to assist his 
church in using all available 
Brethren publications. He will 
call attention to articles and 
news in the Evangelist, and will 
encourage a greater use of quar- 
terlies, tracts, etc. Official 
Boards will recognize the value 
of having the church official 
publication in every home, and 



will continue as 100% churches, 
or will shortly bring their 
church to the 100% status. 
Where possible and advisable, 
local churches will see that their 
church paper is sent to hospitals, 
public libraries, rest homes, bus, 
train or airport terminals; in 
fact, any place where people 
must wait, and who have time 
on their hands. Where neces- 
sary, permission should be se- 
cured, and an occasional check 
made to see that the paper is 
being properly placed among the 
reading materials. 

Third, an analysis of the 
needs of your publishing com- 
pany, as we have endeavored to 
outline them for you, and then 
a publication day offering com- 
mensurate with your desire and 
interest in seeing these needs 
met. The publishing company 
does not exist as a reason in 
itself, but only as a servant of 
the entire church. Being the 
key link in tying the program 
of the church to the Brethren 
everywhere, we seek full support 
from the Brethren we serve. 



HOW PRINTING WAS INVENTED 
OVER 500 YEARS AGO 

Nearly 100 years before Columbus 
discovered America, there was a boy 
named John Gensfleisch, living in the 
old town of Mainz. His mother helped 
to support the family by preparing 
parchment for the priests to write on. 
John liked very much to carve and 
cut with his knife. One day he was 
sitting beside the fire watching a pot 
of purple dye that his mother was 
heating. He was amusing himself by 
carving and cutting his name in wood. 
Suddenly one of the pieces of wood 
with a letter cut on it fell into the 
dye pot. He snatched at it, caught it, 
but dropped it again, this time onto a 
piece of parchment lying nearby. 



It fell upside down. When he picked 
it up, there on the parchment was the 
letter "h" clearly printed. 

Years went by. The boy of Mainz, 
who later adopted the name Guten- 
berg, after his mother's family home, 
did not forget what happened that 
day by the fire in his old home. It 
had given him an idea that some 
way could be found to make books 
more easily than to copy them all 
out by hand as had always been done. 
So he cut little wooden blocks and 
dipped them in dye, setting them 
this way and that. He made forms 
for them to be placed in and finally 
had the first printing press the world 
had ever seen. You will find his name 
in every history book — John Guten- 
berg. 



PAGE SIX 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



Questions and Answers 



about 



The Brethren Evangelist 



1. Q. What is the Brethren Evangelist? 

A. It is and has been the official denominational 
publication of the Brethren Church, Ashland, 
Ohio, for 82 years. 

2. Q. How often is it published? 

A. Published weekly, except for the fourth week in 
July and the last week in December (50 issues 
per year). 

3. Q. Where is it printed? 

A. At the Brethren Publishing Company, 524 Col- 
lege Avenue, Ashland, Ohio. 

4. Q. Who publishes it? 

A. Its editor and staff are appointed by the Breth- 
ren Publication Board. Its general policy is de- 
termined by the editor in consultation with the 
Publication Board. This Board is elected by 
General Conference and every member of the 
Brethren Church is a shareholder in the corpora- 
tion of the Brethren Publishing Company. 

5. Q. How large a paper is the Brethren Evangelist? 
A. Beginning January 1, 1961, every issue will con- 
tain twenty-four pages. 

6. Q. How big a staff does the Brethren Evangelist 

have? 
A. At present one full-time editor directs the com- 
position and layout, with the help of part-time 
office help. The present editor is St. Clair Ben- 
shoff. It is hoped that in the near future a full- 
time Associate Editor may be added to the staff. 
Also representatives of the W. M. S., Laymen, 
Brethren Youth and Mission Board now serve 
as Consulting Editors. These are: W. M. S. — 
Mrs. Margery Whitted, Brethren Youth — Mar- 
lin McCann, Laymen — Floyd Benshoff, Mission 
Board — Dale Long. 

7. Q. What is the present circulation of the Breth- 

ren Evangelist? 
A. About 4300. 



8. Q. How long has the Brethren Church had such 

a publication? 
A. For about 82 years, since 1878. 

9. Q. How did it begin? 

A. Prior to the organization of the Brethren 
Church in 1883, the paper was privately owned 
and was called. The Progressive Christian. It 
began to be known as the Brethren Evangelist 
about 1883 and was largely in the hands of 
H. R. Holsinger until the Brethren Conference 
of 1892 officially assumed ownership and re- 
sponsibility for the publication. 

10. Q. Where has it been printed through the years? 
A. Berlin, Pennsylvania; Waterloo, Iowa; and since 

1894 in Ashland, Ohio, at four locations: Foun- 
ders Hall on the college campus; Seventh Street; 
Orange Street; and College Avenue. 

11. Q. How many men have been editor of the Breth- 

ren Church paper? 
A. A total of ten. They are H. R. Holsinger, S. J. 
Harrison, A. D. Gnagey, C. F. Yoder, R. R. 
Teeter, George S. Baer, Charles Mayes, Dyoll 
Belote, Fred C. Vanator, and St. Clair Benshoff. 

12. Q. Prom what sources does the Brethren Evan- 

gelist receive its news? 
A. Articles are prepared by a variety of Breth- 
ren people at the request of the editor. Local 
news reports are received from many congrega- 
tions. National boards prepare informative ma- 
terial for all readers. Messages by outstanding 
Christian men throughout the world are also 
used along with the contributions received by 
subscribing to the Evangelical Press Service. 

13. Q. Can anyone send contributions for publication? 
A. Anyone is welcome to send manuscripts to the 

editorial office for approval. But especially, re- 
ports of special activities in the local or district 
work are appreciated. 



JANUARY 7, 1961 



PAGE SEVEN 



Q. What is meant by the "NEW BRETHREN 
EVANGELIST" ? 

A. Beginning January 1, 1961, all existing publica- 
tions (Woman's Outlook, Brethren Layman, 
Brethren Youth, Brethren Evangelist) are uni- 
fying their literature under one cover, to be 
known as the Brethren Evangelist. 

Q. Why was this move toward unification made? 

A. Five central valued have been realized. The 
unification certainly points to progress and ad- 
vancement : 

(1) Better Quality of Magazine: By pooling 
the financial resources the quality of this publi- 
cation will be improved with a higher grade of 
paper for the covers, increase of the number 
of pages, two-color work throughout, additional 
funds for new artwork and cuts. 

(2) More For Our Money: For as little as 
$1,800 over the present cost of all publications 
the Unified Publication with all its improvements, 
can be a reality. 

(3) A Unified Brethren Church Magazine: 
Better cooperation and coordination of all our 
church programs is a necessity, it has been 
shown. This goal will be best accomplished if 
the contents of our official church paper lead us 
in that direction. In the past only 435 families 
have been receiving all three adult publications 
and only 134 of these received all four maga- 
zines. On the other hand over 1000 were receiv- 
ing only the Outlook. This survey was an ac- 
curate count and shows that far too few are 
getting a total picture and far too many are 
getting only partial information. 

(4) Increased Editorial Planning: In addition 
to the present Editor and a possible Associate- 
Editor, each of the contributing organizations 
has provided a member for the Board of Edi- 
torial Consultants. These people are meeting 
periodically to plan for the future publications 
and sharing ideas for implementation of the 
theme adopted. 

(5) Increase Total Subscriptions: A better, 
unified church magazine would be more appeal- 
ing to church members. Even those members 
with divided interests would be encouraged to 
learn of the TOTAL CHURCH PROGRAM, not 
just one segment. This would increase subscrip- 
tions and come closer to our goal of having the 
magazine in every Brethren home. 

Q. How much does the Brethren Evangelist cost 
per year? 

A. $4.00 per subscription per year. In light of the 
greater values received and what all four pre- 
vious publications cost ($5.50), this is a remark- 
able savings. 

Q. Is it primarily a minister's paper? 

A. No. While there are articles that will be of 
more interest to ministers than laymen, most 
articles are selected with the idea of appealing 



to a wide variety of interested lay-people, es- 
pecially those features directly prepared by the 
Laymen and W. M. S. 

18. Q. How can we do more to encourage subscription 
to the Brethren Evangelist and reading of it by 
more people? 
A. Significant articles should be referred to by 
pastors, talked about by laymen, and posted on 
church bulletin boards. Items of interest are ex- 
cellent discussion topics for youth meetings. You 
might also place copies in public reading rooms 
of your community. 



Spiritual ^Debitations 

Rev. Dyoll Belote 



WHAT IS MOST WORTH KEEPING? 
"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, 
I have kept the faith" II Timothy 4:7. 

MEN GENERATE FAITH in theories, and in the 
pursuit of the consummation of those theories 
find success or failure. Columbus started out against 
wind and waves in pursuit of proving his theory that the 
world was round. And in opposition to all difficulties, the 
mockery of his contemporaries, he had faith that the 
world was round — and he won out. With his three small 
ships, and his faith in the soundness of his theories, he 
proved the thesis that the world is a sphere. 

In writing his second letter to Timothy, Paul, sensing 
the possible nearness of death, was discussing his es- 
timate of what nis life's work had accomplished, and 
what had been his aim in his labors, and declared, "I 
have kept the faith". Here Paul was referring to his 
faith in Jesus Christ. 

And today it is the privilege of the Christian to have 
hope if he keeps the faith. God offers to each faithful 
Christian the crovra of righteousness and eternal life. 

For the Christian, faith is the very principle of life. 
Jesus urged the exercise of faith, even though it be 
small in volume— even as "a grain of mustard seed" — 
and what we may lack in volume, God will possess in 
power to accomplish our salvation. Without faith we 
can do nothing, but through faith in our Lord, we can 
accomplish what He would have us do, for He is all 
powerful, and able to do "exceeding abundantly above 
all we can think or ask." May we all be able to voice 
Paul's triumphant declaration, "I have kept the Faith." 



HOW ABOUT YOUR OFFERINGS? 

PUBLICATION DAT OFFERING 

Give through your local CSiurch, or if this is not pos- 
sible, note the following information. Church Treasurers, 
also please note: 

Make checks payable to The Brethren Publishing Com- 
pany, and address The Brethren Publishing Company, 
524 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio. 



PAGE EIGHT 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



Mn ^explanation: 

I. Of this Evangelist 
2. Of our problems 



You NOW HOLD in your 
hand the first of the unified 
issues of the Brethren Evangel- 
ist. 

As you look through it you will 
see features from all of the co- 
operating magazines: The Wo- 
man's Outlook, The Brethren 
Layman, and The Brethren 
Youth. As you read these ar- 
ticles, you will find a tremendous 
wealth of material for your mind 
and soul. 

At this point, as Editor of 
Publications, I would like to say, 
"Welcome" to the friends of the 
various cooperating magazines 
who may be joining our reading 
audience for the first time. Also 
a very special word of welcome 
to the editors and writers of the 
cooperating magazines. I, per- 
sonally, look forward to a very 
happy and fruitful relationship 
in our combined efforts in pro- 
ducing a unified magazine for 
the Brethren. Working together, 
the end result will be a church 
magazine tops in content, style, 
and appearance. 

No venture of this type is 
without its "bugs". We have a 
big one — ^one on which no one 
figured until it became evident 
that there would be a delay. 



This "bug" is the delay in the 
arrival of our new two-color 
press to be used for printing 
the two-color Evangelists. 

On page two of this issue we 
note the presstime status of the 
new press. As this section is be- 
ing prepared we are still wait- 
ing delivery. It looks as if at 
least two, if not three, of these 
unified issues will need to be 
run on the one-color system us- 
ing the old plates and heads as 
we have been doing. You will 
note, however, that we are now 
printing 24 pages, as promised, 
in order to give all the cooper- 
ating parties their allotted share 
in this new magazine. 

Just as soon as we can, we 
will go "two-color", with all the 
new heads and artwork. 

There are a few other "bugs", 
but none of a major nature. You 
may experience a slight delay in 
delivery of your magazine, or 
perhaps a delay in getting some 
material printed. Soon, though, 
the routine will be firmly estab- 
lished here at the Publishing 
Company and we should be able 
to give you the excellent service 
you have been promised. 

You will note that the paper 
in the section of this magazine 



printed in color is of a new glos- 
sy style. This is the new paper 
promised for the unified maga- 
zine. The black ink section is 
printed on the paper stock 
which has been used for the 
Evangelist up to this time. 
There is a good reason for this. 
Because of volume purchases of 
stock on which we receive a 
very favorable discount, repre- 
senting a saving to the Publish- 
ing Company, it became evident 
when the new magazine was an- 
nounced at Conference time 
that there would be approxi- 
mately $1,000 worth of the pa- 
per stock being used left over on 
January 1st. Since it is of a 
size which cannot be used in 
printing our quarterlies, and 
since the Evangelist is the only 
user of this size of stock it ap- 
peared that this would represent 
a loss to the Company if it could 
not be used. The Publication 
Board felt that the Brethren 
would rather see this stock used 
in the early issues of 1961 than 
to cause this unnecessary loss to 
the Company. So, for the time 
being the remainder of the pre- 
vious Evangelist stock will be 
used on the inner pages of these 
issues. 



Joseph and Mary, with the Babe, went far away into 
a strange country — and there listened for a message 
from an angel. 

To go along life's highway — or any segment of it — 
listening for angels! That immediately and automatically 
gives direction and tone to the journey. It reduces the 
tendency to be impatient and querulous. It makes one 
rise with eager hope every morning: "Perhaps this is 



the day!" It encourages tolerance of bad travelling con- 
ditions. It lessens one's readiness to be guided by re- 
ports of other travellers whose goals and motives are 
different. 

Webb B. Garrison in SERMON SEEDS 
FROM THE GOSPELS (Fleming H. Re- 
vell Company) 



JANUARY 7, 1961 



PAGE NINE 



Facts About the 

1961 Publication Offering 



TN ORDER TO continue to 
serve the Brethren, your 
PubHshing Company has found 
it necessary to go in debt many 
thousands of dollars. The past 
few years have seen the profits 
of the Company drained avs^ay 
in the increased costs of pro- 
ducing the church literature — 
higher labor and material costs. 

As we approach the full swing 
of producing this unified maga- 
zine on the same number of 
working hours in the print shop, 
less time is available for rev- 
enue-producing job work. This 
means even less available reve- 
nue for the Company. This has 
partly been offset by the in- 
crease in the subscription price 
of the Evangelist. 

The "break - even" point, 
though is based on a minimum 
of 4,500 subscriptions, and until 
that number is reached, the 
money must come from some- 
where. That is one reason why 
the Publication Board is ask- 
ing for an ?8,000.00 publication 
offering this month. 

Another factor entering into 
the publication offering this 
year is the desire on the part 
of the Publication Board to re- 
tire as quickly as possible the 
debt incurred in the purchase 
of equipment to care for this 
new magazine. 

It is our prayer and confidence 
that in a very short time this 
new Venture for Christ in 



Brethren Publications will prove 
fully beneficial to the church 
and to the spread of the gos- 
pel at home and around the 
world. 

To accomplish this, every 
Brethren needs to shoulder a 
portion of the load. First, to re- 
alize that the publishing com- 
pany has been doing the church 
literature at favorable rates. 
There is no profit margin on 
church work done at the Breth- 
ren Publishing Company. Re- 
peatedly, we have heard it com- 
mented that "other church pub- 
lishing houses return a profit 
to the church year after year." 
This is true in publishing houses 
where there is a great volume 
of circulation, and where the 
price is geared to a profit per- 
centage. 

The philosophy of your own 
publishing company has been to 
give to the church a good liter- 
ature at the lowest possible price 
consistent with the efficient op- 
eration of the plant. This we 
are seeking to follow. If a finan- 
cial "profit" is to be shown to 
the church, then the money 
must come from somewhere. 
We would need to get it from 
the Brethren through higher 
printing and subscription rates, 
in order to give it back to the 
church. 

Yes, we look forward to the 
day when the publishing com- 
pany can serve the church with- 



out the annual publication of- 
fering. But that day is not with 
us yet, and until that time, the 
publishing company will need 
every bit of help the Brethren 
can give. 

This year's publication offer- 
ing will determine the kind of 
a report we can make at General 
Conference this August. We are 
confident that every Brethren 
will rise to the need of this 
hour. 

Second, to push for greater 
100% coverage of the church 
with the Evangelist. More of our 
churches should go 100%. Since 
the Evangelist reflects the 
heartbeat of the church, so it 
needs to be received in every 
Brethren home. Any Brethren 
family not receiving the Breth- 
ren Evangelist is in the position 
of a family which never receives 
any news about an organization 
to which it belongs. Soon, all 
contact is lost, interest wanes, 
and another family approaches 
the "Brethren in name only" 
status. 

Third, to encourage from the 
pulpit and Sunday school class- 
room the reading of the Evan- 
gelist in the home. Encourage 
it to be used as a family maga- 
zine. 

Fourth, to give full support 
to this year's publication offer- 
ing. 

These things, we can do, 
Brethren, and the rewards will 
be many. 



Minimum Goal --$8,000.00 



PAGE TEN 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



MISSIONARY DEPARTMENT 



MISSIONARY BOARD OF THE BRETHREN CHURCH 
530 Colkge Ave, Ashland. Ohio. Phone 39582 




JE 



Bring them in, Bring them in, 



In keeping with the well-known 
song which admonishes Christians to 
"go find His sheep where'er they be 
.. .and. . .bring them in," mission 
workers in Kentucky are literally 
seeking out the sheep and guiding 
them to the fold where they may re- 
ceive spiritual nourishment. 

Because of their locations in re- 
mote areas and over difficult ter- 
rain, numerous individuals are picked 
up by the mission jeep and taken to 
Sunday school and church services. 
Were it not for the faithful perfor- 
mance of this staunch little vehicle, 
quite a few eager children and some 
adults might be deprived of these 
blessings. Hence, when we support 
the home mission program which 
makes such assistance possible, we 



FINDING 



HIS 



SHEEP 



Bringing 
them in 



are fulfilling a great need and heed- 
ing the call to "go find His sheep." 




GIVE GENEROUSLY TO 
HOME MISSIONS! 



KRYPTON BIBLE CENTER — 

Holds Annual Community Fair 



From November 8 to 13, a com- 
munity fair was held for the benefit 
of the Krypton School 4-H Club, the 
community 4-H Club, and the Kryp- 
ton Homemakers. 

Prizes were awarded to individuals 
and a grand champion prize to or- 
ganizations with the highest scores 
received from among their members. 
On the final day. Miss Cecile Bates, 
County Home Agent, addressed the 
contestants and presented achieve- 
ment recognitions and prizes. 

Exhibits by contestants included 
numerous items of garden produce, 
canned fruit and vegetables, baked 
goods, etc. In addition, the crafts dis- 
play featured many articles made by 
individual members: quilts, dresses, 
skirts, embroidered pieces, etc. The 
entire community benefited by this 



event — both participants and those 
observing their productions. The Haz- 
ard Herald, on November 17, gave a 
detailed account of the event, addin.g 
words of praise for those making it 
possible. 

This community fair, developed and 
executed at great effort under the 
direction of Miss Lowery, indicates 
the measure of training these people 
at Krypton are receiving. These ex- 
periences will increase their skills in 



household management and will ul- 
timately raise their standards of liv- 
ing. In addition to the practical knowl- 
edge they are achieving, they are be- 
ing instructed in spiritual values in 
the various Bible classes and wor- 
ship services being held from time 
to time. 

Krypton Bible Center is truly car- 
rying on a well-diversified program of 
development for the people in that 
area. 



Gratitude From Lost Creek 



We at Riverside wish to thank our 
many friends for their support of 
their mission work here in Kentucky. 
We have received many gifts of cloth- 
ing, food, and other items which we 



want you to know are deeply appre- 
ciated. We are sending as many per- 
sonal letters as we can, but it is not 
always possible to do so. Many boxes 
do not have return addresses on 



JANUARY 7, 1961 



PAGE ELEVEN 



when they are brought, and at the 
time of our baby's arrival, the return 
addresses were not written down. 

We want especially to thank you 
unknown friends who have brought 
clothing to the Missionary Board of- 
fice in Ashland to be delivered to 
Kentucky. We also want to express 
our appreciation to the people of the 
Mission Board and to other friends 
for their work in collecting and bring- 
ing it to us. 



The faculty is always given first 
choice on any clothing that comes. 
This helps to compensate for their 
meager allowance. The remainder of 
the clothing is sorted as to season, 
type, and size. It is hung up in the 
old chapel where there is light; and 
the articles are then priced. A public 
sale is held every Thursday morning. 
The deaconesses are now helping 
with the sales, and other ladies some- 
times help, in exchange for clothing. 



The good will generated by this pro- 
cess is immeasurable. 

Since we now have a secretary, we 
hope to be able to acknowledge more 
of your gifts. We know that you will 
understand our situation. Pray for us 
that we may continue to grow in 
Christ. 

In His service, 
Doris Barnett 



OUR MINISTRY — 



Evangelical Literature 



THE VITAL IMPORTANCE of 
Christian literature is becoming 
increasingly apparent. People are 
evidencing a fast-rising interest in 
it; sales of evangelical literature in- 
dicate the trend; and, certainly, the 
need for such reading by Christians 
and others cannot be denied. 

Evangelical literature, in addition 
to the oral ministry, can reach the 
human mind and spirit; and it can 
sometimes go where the oral ministry 
cannot go. For the first time in the 
world's history, we are told, an al- 
most total literacy seems to be with- 
in the realm of possibility — perhaps 
within the next two or three gene- 
rations. What a marvelous opportu- 
nity to promote Christianity, if its 
followers will use this priceless po- 
tential! 

As a denomination, we Brethren 
owe it to our Lord and to ourselves 
to extend our ministry into this here- 
tofore little-used realm. By means of 
well-prepared literature, we can 
strengthen our members in the Faith; 
we can inform them regarding our 
various programs; and we can chal- 
lenge them to greater service. 

In addition to reaching our own 
number, we may lay hold on those 
who are outside the Church. Numer- 
ous cases are known where the un- 
saved have been touched and have 
accepted Christ through the reading 
of evangelical literature. Increasing 
literacy provides excellent soil for the 
seed; and, as it has been pointed out, 
literature won't argue back with the 
reader, but it has a quiet and effective 
way of reaching the human spirit. 



We should all read more of the 
Christian literature available, to in- 
fonn ourselves and to equip ourselves 
more adequately for the promotion of 
the Brethren Church. 

Better Informed Brethren 

Blost of our people are eager to 
learn about our various denomination- 
al avenues of service; hence we urge 
that all Brethren read this periodical 
regularly. Considerable strength and 
solidarity in the denomination will 
result. 

We urge also that those of you 
who are interested in our missionary 
program — especially pastors, church 
missionary secretaries, presidents of 
the Woman's Missionary Society, Sis- 
terhood of Mary and Martha, Boys' 
Brotherhood, Laymen, etc. — KEEP A 



FILE OF OUR MISSIONARY 
PAGES as they appear each week. 
These pages will supply you with the 
information for which you so often 
ask: names and addresses of mission- 
aries; their children's names, ages, 
birthdays, etc.; names of Board mem- 
bers; information about our mission 
fields, location, etc., and numerous 
other items that are necessary in the 
promotion of our missionary ministry. 
PLEASE BEGIN WITH THIS IS- 
SUE! It will be of tremendous help 
to you. 

If you have suggestions regarding 
missionary information which you 
would like to have included in succeed- 
ing issues, please let us know, and 
we will do our best to provide it. 

Let's begin a new era: One o? bet- 
ter-informed Brethren people ! 



CAN WE LAUGH ABOUT IHIS? 

Awhile back the French Com- 
munist publication Paix et Liberie 
wrote as follows: "The Gospel is a 
much more powerful weapon for the 
renovation of society than our Marx- 
ist view of the world. Yet it is we 
who shall conquer you in the end. 
We are only a handful, but you Chris- 
tians are millions. Think of the story 
of Gideon and his 300 companions, 
and you will understand why I am 
right. We Communists do not play 
with words. We are realists, and be- 
cause we are determined to reach 
our end, we also know how to pro- 
vide the necessary means. Of our 
salaries and wages we keep only what 



is absolutely necessary, and the rest 
we give up for propaganda purposes. 
"To this same propaganda we also 
devote our leisure time and part of 
our vacation. You, however, give only 
a little time and scarcely any money 
for the spreading of Christ's Gospel. 
How can anyone believe in the all- 
surpassing value of this Gospel if 
you do not practice it? if you do not 
spread it? if you sacrifice neither 
your time nor your money for that 
purpose? Believe me, it is we who 
shall conquer, because we believe in 
our Communist gospel and are will- 
ing to sacrifice everything, even life 
itself, so that social justice may tri- 
umph. But you, you are afraid of 
soiling your hands." 



PAGE TWELVE 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



The Woman's Outlook 



"If the World Were a Toion" 



TF THE WORLD were a town— 
what would we Christians look 
like? The November 20, 1960, issue 
of HORIZONS, a little booklet pub- 
lished weekly by the Church of the 
Brethren, contained an article which 
brings this thought into focus. 
"Shrink the world's population to 
1,000 and there would be 60 Ameri- 
cans with half the town's income! 
Fewer than 100 would be Protestant 
Christians, and some 230 would be 
Roman Catholics; 303 would be white, 
697 non-white. The American fam- 
ilies would be spending at least $850 
a year for military defense, but less 
than $4 a year to share their re- 
ligious faiths with others in the com- 
munity." 

The article gives many more com- 
parisons in personal-size tigures. 
These, however, are quite enough to 
think about right now. The first tliree 
statements are simply statements of 
fact about which we can do noth- 
ing. Nothing, that is, unless we study 
the fourth point— LESS THAN $4 A 
YEAR TO SHARE THEIR RE- 
LIGIOUS FAITHS WITH OTHERS 
IN THE COMMUNITY. 

Now there is something concrete to 
work on! "Missions! Oh, yes, I give 
more than that to missions!" But, 
please note, the question is not 
whether you are doing what others 
are doing. Are you doing what needs 
to be done? Remember, the job of 
any government is to protect its peo- 
ple. If a government needs to spend 
large sums of money to do this, it 
must do it. The job of a Christian 



This article, prepared by the W. 
M. S. National Board to acquaint 
Brethren Church members with the 
work of the Woman's Missionary So- 
ciety, is the first of a series which 
will appear each month in the first 
week's issue of the Evangelist. 



is to tell other people about Christ; 
and this we must do, no matter 
what it costs. 

The Woman's Missionary Society of 
the Brethren Church has carried a 
share of the task through the years. 
Begun as a Sisters' Society of Chris- 
tian Endeavor, the organization soon 
took tlie name of Woman's Mission- 
ary Society, and throughout all the 
years of its existence has kept the 
goal of missions in the forefront of 
its program. 

In carrying out its missionary pro- 
gram, the W. M. S. has long recog- 
nized the power of the printed page. 
Her membership has been kept well 
informed about her projects through 
the pages of the Woman's Outlook. 
Through the years her contributions 
have gone to the Brethren Publishing 
Company when need arose. 

Because of the need in our church 
for program inaterials for young peo- 
ple, tlie W. M. S. early began to print 
for the Sisterhood and to include all 
Sisterhood materials in the Outlook. 
Similarly, the program materials for 
a children's missionary group were in- 
cluded in the W. M. S. paper. Both of 
these programs have been available 
since the 1920's. 

The W. M. S. program has included 
many uses of the printed word for 
the benefit of her own members. One 
of the goals which has been repeated 
year after year is that of Bible read- 
ing and study. Other goals of long 
standing are those of Mission Study 
and Reading Circle Books. Each year 
the Literature Committee selects a 
book about some area of missions, 
and each society bases its Mission 
Study for the year on this book. Some 
years the committee prepares a Read- 
ing Circle List from which W. M. S. 
members select books for extra read- 
ing. Again, a special study of a topic 
such as Stewardship, or Prayer, or 
Tithing is initiated. These are in ad- 
dition to the yearly program study 



on which our monthly devotional 
meetings are based. 

Recognizing the strength of these 
printed materials in their own lives 
has made the W. M. S. members 
aware that the same strength can 
be passed on to others. So in recent 
years a goal has been adopted which 
incorporates into the W. M. S. pro- 
gram the idea of writing to our mis- 
sionaries. Each society writes a letter 
each month to one of our missionaries. 
Both missionaries and members have 
been greatly blessed since this part 
of the program has been flourishing. 

So far, most of our concern with 
the power of the printed page has 
had to do with its power in the lives 
of W. M. S. members. Recently, how- 
ever, the W. M. S. has been expand- 
ing into new areas where the use of 
printed materials helps speak the 
Word of God. New churches reach 
people who have never heard about 
the Brethren Church and its message 
of "The Bible, the Whole Bible, and 
nothing but the Bible". As new 
Woman's Missionary Societies are 
formed, they help in the work of the 
church as a whole by enlisting the 
support of the women. One way the 
W. M. S. does this is by making sure 
that every member receives a copy of 
the Outlook, the monthly contact be- 
tween members of the W. M. S. This 
little magazine is a prime example 
of the power of the printed word as 
it unites all the women of the Breth- 
ren Church into an effective organi- 
zation by its regular presentation of 
the women's program. Simply by in- 
forming the women about the projects, 
the National W. M. S. Board finds 
that those projects which are good are 
carried out; and by heeding the 
wishes of an informed membership, 
the Board is enabled to carry out an 
effective W. M. S. program on the na- 
tional level. 

Another recent work of tlie W. M. 
S. has been the venture into the print- 



JANUARY 7, 1961 



PAGE THIRTEEN 



ing of materials which deserve a 
wider audience tlian small local 
groups. The most recent example of 
this was the little booklet telling 
about the new radio station in Ar- 
gentina. In August of 1960, Rob and 
Jane Byler presented a fascinating 
program at conference in Ashland. 
They wrote and produced a radio pro- 
gram telling about their work in 
Buenos Aires, and at the close of 
that meeting the Bylers offered for 
sale, at a very low cost, booklets 
which pictured the new building in 
Argentina and told about the mis- 
sion work there. The printing of these 
books had been financed by the W. 
M. S. as part of a new program in 
which a small fund was set up just 
for such projects. As our missionaries 
produce materials suitable for pub- 



lication, the W. M. S. hopes to be able 
to help pay for the printing. 

After reviewing all this history, one 
wonders what to do now about those 
interesting comparisons in the imag- 
inary town of 1,000 people. The figure 
$4 is almost too pat. Is all this point- 
ing the way to the new Brethren 
Evangelist ? $4 will pay for 50 con- 
tacts with any family, truly a worthy 
missionary goal. If the church pub- 
lication could be sent into every 
member's home, then the Brethren 
Church would reap the same benefits 
from constant, regular contact that 
the W. M. S. has experienced. If, in 
addition, Brethren would send the 
paper to friends in their community, 
they would be using the power of 
the printed page to further World 
Missions. 



W. M. S. 



News 



S. M. M. 



DO GOD'S WILL 

Hello! This is quite a change 
from our regular meeting place. 
Besides this readjustment, we 
are going to have another 
change. For the first few times 
we will be discovering and dis- 
cussing some of the basic foun- 
dations and beliefs of the Sister- 
hood of Mary and Martha. The 
first we will consider is our slo- 
gan — "Do God's Will." 

Think about this slogan for a 
while. Do you get the real im- 
pact of what we are endeavor- 
ing to achieve ? To better under- 
stand it, let's put it to a test. 

What: Do God's Will. 

Who: Every child of God. 

When: At every time. Every 
minute of our lives should be 
for Him. God's love for us was 
so great He paid the supreme, 
ultimate pi'ice for us. We are 
His ! Yet He gives us our choice. 

Where: In every place. This 
part is the hardest. At school 
and with friends, we must be 
witnesses for Christ. How can 
we be sure of God's will? 



In Jesus Christ we have a 
yardstick to live by. He is an 
example for us to follow. If m 
doubt, stop and think, "What 
would Jesus do?" Then proceed 
in His steps. 

Why: To acquire everlasting 
happiness. Such happiness will 
not only be enjoyed in heaven, 
but it will also be enjoyed on 
earth. We have a constant com- 
panion in Christ Jesus if we will 
only invite Him to go with us. 
Christ said, "Whoever does the 
will of God is my brother and 
sister and mother" (Mark 3:35, 
Wilhams) . 

As Sisterhood girls we must 
work together constantly to help 
each other do God's will at ev- 
ery time in every place for ever- 
lasting happiness. Therefore I 
urge that we have effective devo- 
tional services with inspiring Bi- 
ble studies. When faced with a 
problem, stop and think, "I am 
to 'Do God's Will.' " 

Nancy Albright, 

National S. M. M. President. 



INDIANA GROUP III 

The twenty-eighth annual W. M. S. 
Rally of Indiana Group III was held 
in tlie New Paris First Brethren 
Church on October 13, 1960. The 
theme for the day was "Venturing 
With Clirist." 

Mrs. Dorman Ronk, president of the 
New Paris society, extended a wel- 
come to those present. Devotions 
were led by Mrs. William Musser of 
Bryan. Mrs. Ronk spoke of enlarg- 
ing the girls' dormitory at Camp 
Shipshewana and the need for band- 
ages and squares to be sent to Af- 
rica. 

Mrs. Virgil Ingraham was in charge 
of the offering for the seminary stu- 
dents. The offering amounted to 
$260.00. 

Following a solo by Mrs. Lee 
Tusing, tlie speaker of the morning 
was introduced. She was Mrs. George 
Neff of New Paris. She and her hus- 
band had travelled in India for sev- 
eral months under the auspices of 
"Farmers and World Affairs." She 
spoke of "Venturing With Christ in 
India." 

The luncheon was served by the 
ladies of the Church of the Brethren. 

The afternoon session opened with 
devotions and several musical num- 
bers. Miss Margaret Lowery, our 
missionary at Krypton, Kentucky, was 
the speaker, using as her subject, 
"Venturing With Christ in Kentucky." 

The rally closed with the singing 
of the theme song, "Walk in The 
Light," and the W. M. S. benediction. 




PAGE FOURTEEN 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 




Lesson for January 15, 1961 

YOU MUST BE BORN ANEW 

Lesson: John 3:1-7; 12-21 

TN TAMPA, FLORIDA, a 41 year old man was sen- 
tenced to five years in prison for burglarizing a store. 
He said he was stealing so he could make a "new start" 
as a minister! 

This misled individual did not know that only GOD 
can give a "new start" to a person. The Apostle Paul 
says the man who is joined by faith to Jesus Christ 
becomes a "new creation." The Apostle John speaks of 
a man being "born again." Both writers refer to the 
same experience — spiritual regeneration. 

In this lesson we study what Jesus taught about being 
"born anew," as recorded by the writer John. 

I_YOU MUST BE BORN ANEW TO SEE THE 
KINGDOM OF GOD— "Jesus answered him, 'Truly, truly, 
I say to you, unless one is born anew he cannot see 
the kingdom of God'" (3:3— R.S.V.). 

Our Lord was addressing His remarks to Nicodemus. 

"Nicodemus was a member of the Jewish politico- 
religious ruling body, the Sanhedrin, a ruler of the 
Jews. Tradition makes him a man of great wealth 
(one of the three richest men in Jerusalem) and honor, 
though a rigid Pharisee" (L. H. Higley). 

There has been much speculation about this Jewish 
Ruler. Why did he come by night? Was it for fear of 
the Jews ? Or, was this the only time Jesus had time 
to speak to him? We just do not know! 

"It is not surprising that Nicodemus came by night; 

it is surprising that he came at all. Nicodemus had 

courage — plenty of it" (Frank S. Mead). 

So much for this learned Jew. Now — what did Jesus 
mean in verse 3? Higley says: 

"Cannot see (vs. 3) has the same meaning as can- 
not enter (vs. 5). The import is that one cannot ex- 
perience or enjoy either the present inward spiritual 
kingdom or the future glorious outward kingdom." 

To enter God's Kingdom, then, requires a birth from 
above — a spiritual birth that has its origin in God! 

II— TO BE BORN ANEW IS TO BE BORN OF 
WATER AND OF THE SPIRIT — "Jesus answered. 
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born 
of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the 
kingdom of God" (3:5). 

Jesus made it clear that spiritual birth is distinct and 
separate from physical birth: "That which is born of the 
flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is 
spirit" (vs. 6). Higley comments: 



"Here the principle of 'like produces like,' or 'each 
after its own kind,' is exemplified." 
God's life is spiritual, and therefore, the life which 
He imparts in regeneration is spiritual — it is HIS life! 

"Nicodemus knew what it meant. He had heard of 
baptism in water; the Jewish teachers admitted their 
converts to the Jewish faith by three rites — immer- 
sion in water in the presence of witnesses, circum- 
cision, and sacrifice. . . 

"But Jesus meant something more than the Jews 
ever meant when He spoke of the new birth. The 
waters of baptism were to Him only a symbol — not 
a saving rite. To this symbol He added 'born ... of 
the Spirit' . . . Water without the incoming of the Spir- 
it means nothing. You must be born again spiritually, 
Nicodemus!" (Mead). 

Ill— TO BE BORN ANEW IS TO BELIEVE IN JE- 
SUS CHRIST— "For God so loved the world, ...that 
whosoever believeth in Him. . .should. . .have everlasting 
life" (3:16). 

"The universality of salvation (whosoever), the easi- 
ness of the means (believeth), the greatness of the 
evil prevented (should not perish), the boundlessness, 
in excellence and in duration, of the good bestowed 
(eternal life) : all these heavenly ideas, new to Nico- 
demus, are crowded into this sentence" (F. Godet). 
How wonderfully simple is salvatioii obtained! "Who- 
soever believeth. . ." 

"Just how is one born again? How does it come 

about? To some it is a highly emotional experience, 

a public declaration of faith in God and of dedication 

to Him, a walking down the aisle ... To others it comes 

privately, very quietly, in reading a passage of the 

Bible that suddenly takes fire..." (Mead). 

IV— TO BE BORN ANEW IS TO ESCAPE ETERNAL 

DAMNATION — "Any man who believes in Him is not 

judged at all. It is the one who will not believe who 

stands already condemned, because he will not believe 

in the character of God's only Son" (3:18 — Phillips). 

To BELIEVE is to be SAVED; to BELIEVE NOT is 
to be DAMNED! Through the New Birth the Christian 
escapes condemnation. Thus Williams translates Ro- 
mans 8:1: "So then there is no condemnation at all for 
those who are in union with Christ Jesus." 

This is the Divine Imperative: "Ye must be born 
again!" This is an imperative for all men: 
For self-righteous Nicodemus. . . 
For sinful Zacchaeus. . . 
For intellectually- wise Saul of Tarsus... 
For ME... 
For YOU... 

A New Year should be a time of sacred significance 
to a child of God. Somehow a strange hush steals over 
the soul at the dawning of another year, a sense that 
one is treading on holy ground. So much lies behind — 
of failure and selfish seeking; so much of rich potenti- 
ality lies before— down the untried, untrod paths of the 
year ahead. No matter what may be the errors of the 
past, here is a "land of beginning again!" 

Zula Evelyn Coon in WORSHIP SERVICES 
FROM THE HYMNS (Fleming H. Revell 
Company) 



FANUARY 7, 1961 



PAGE PIPTEEN 




Vrayer lilceting 
Studies 



S',i 



met 



THIS I CAN DO 

I cannot speak to crowds; 

I can to one, 
And tell him what for me 

The Lord hath done. 

I like to think that He, 

Whose love I tell, 
Spoke to one needy heart 

By Jacob's well. 

When Philip's feet were led 

To one strange tryst, 
He showed one seeking soul 

The seeking Christ. 

If 'mid the ones and twos 

My work shall be, 
Gladly will I fulfill 

This ministry. 

Some many talents have, 

I have but one; 
Yet I with them may share 

The King's "Well done!" 

— H. T. Lefevre. 

"WHERE THERE IS A WILL there is a way" (2 
Cor. 8:3). Jesus commanded every one of us to go to 
"every creature" taking the gospel (Mk. 16:15). Like 
Paul, we must go from house to house (Acts 20:20). The 
Jehovah's Witnesses do it. Each Jehovah's Witness has 
pledged to give 60 hours each month to house to house 
canvassing. We say we can't do it. To tell the truth, 
we refuse to do it. Our refusal is not only a matter of 
omission; it is a disobedience to our Lord's "Go Ye." 
WE CAN DO IT! We do what we want to do. 

The following recipe on "How to Win a Soul to Christ" 
has been circulated about: — 

First, show him his need of Christ: (1) Without 
Christ he is lost, Luke 19:10. (2) Without Christ he 
is guilty, Romans 3:19. (3) Without Christ he is con- 
demned, John 3:18. (4) Without Christ he is dead, Ephe- 
sians 2:1. 

Second, show him that he cannot save himself apart 
from Christ. (1) He cannot save himself by keeping 
the law, Romans 3:20. (2) He cannot save himself by 
good works, Titus 3:5. (3) He cannot save himself by 
personal character, Isaiah 64:6. (4) He can be saved only 
by trusting Christ, John 5:24. 

Third, show him what Christ will do for him when 
he accepts him: (1) Christ will bear all his sins, Isaiah 
53:6. (2) Christ will give him eternal life, John 10:28. 
(3) Christ will strengthen him against temptation. 



Isaiah 41:10; 1 Corinthians 10:13. (4) Christ will pro- 
vide for, protect and pray for him, John 17:20; He- 
brews 7:25. (5) Christ will prepare for him a place in 
Heaven, and guarantee him safe passage to it, John 
14:1-3. 

THEN PERSUADE HIM, 2 Corinthians 5:11. Remem- 
ber: "We are not out for a decision; we are out for a 
life." Teach him to pray daily (Psa. 55:17), to study his 
Bible daily (2 Tim. 2:15), to confess Christ before men 
daily (Lu. 9:23), to do something for God every day 
(Gal. 6:10). 

To any who are too weak and fearful to do personal 
work, remember that God promises to maintain us in 
that work (2 Cor. 9:8). Our weakness is God's oppor- 
tunity (2 Cor. 12:9). God says He will give us strength 
for His service (Isa. 41:10, 13). We are to "fear not," 
but rather be "of a good courage" (Dt. 31:6). "He giveth 
power to the faint" (Isa. 40:29, 30, 31). He will supply 
our every need (Phil. 4:10). Th^re is no end to the good 
we can do if we are depending on Christ (Phil. 4:13). 
This is imperative: "endure hardness as a good soldier 
of Jesus Christ" (2 Tim. 2:3). 

If we are unwilling, God holds us responsible (Ezek. 
33:7, 8). The harvest is ripe (Jn. 4:35, 36). Jesus is 
coming, and we should be proving ourselves faithful 
(Matt. 24:44-46). We are to consecrate ourselves to His 
work (Rom. 12:1). God is encouraging us (Dan. 12:3). 



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Sunday School Suggestions 

The Sunday School Board of 
The Brethren Church 

by Dick Wmfield 



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VENTURING IN THE SUNDAY SCHOOL 

THE BEGINNING OF A NEW YEAR, and the be- 
ginning of a New Venture in Brethren Publications! 
Yes, here we are for the first time in the bigger, better, 
unified Brethren Evangelist. We have all been anxiously 
awaiting this newest Venture With Christ in the Breth- 
ren Church, and now here it is! 

I think it is appropriate that we have made this ad- 
vance in Brethren publications in a year when our de- 
nominational theme is Venturing With Christ. One of 
"Webster's" definitions for venture is "a speculative busi- 
ness enterprise", and this newest advance is certainly 
that. However, if we truly want to carry out this theme 
in the year of 1961, we cannot be satisfied to advaaide 
in only one, or in just a few areas. We must venture 
forth with and for CHRIST in every area of church 
work. This should be the year for trying new methods 
and considering new ideas and ways of doing things. 
If we want to venture, we have to be brave. We have 
to leave behind the unsuccessful and the "average", and 
explore the possibilities that are before us. 

From my vantage point as a young and idealistic 
member of the Brethren Church, I have gotten the im- 
pression that this is what wei have failed to do in many 
instances in the recent past. We have been content as 



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we were, and have been unwilling to explore the new. 
But this is the year for venturing! 

But let us consider now the work of the Sunday school; 
let us determine the possibilities for Venturing in the 
Sunday school. 

In our Brethren Sunday schools we have, or at least 
should have two main goals. They are (1) growth, and 
(2) improvement — to make the Sunday school as good 
as possible. These two goals are very closely related, 
for we are certain that if we improve our Sunday 
schools, they will grow. It is almost impossible to have 
one without the other. Since this is true let us consider 
but one of the goals, that of Sunday school growth. 

It has been shown over the years that on the average, 
Sunday schools grow on the basis of a ratio of 10 pupils 
per teacher. This means that in a school of 100 students 
there will be 10 teachers on the average. It is possible 
to exceed this ratio to some extent, but it is difficult. 
This means that for a Sunday school to grow it must 
have more teachers and more classes. But one important 
fact of Sunday school growth is that growth does not 



come about by waiting until you have enough pupils for 
another class before starting one. Instead it is the other 
way around. Teachers must be chosen and trained FIRST. 
Then they go out and recruit their pupils. This, then 
is where the venturing comes in; training and preparing 
new teachers before there is a need for them. 

New teachers and new classes immediately present i 
a problem; where shall we put them! To be sure this 
is a problem, but it is one that must be met if a Sun- 
day school is to grow. In many respects the Sunday 
school building sets the pattern for the growth of the 
Sunday school. The school that wants to grow cannot 
be satisfied to have just enough room. It must have more 
than enough. It cannot wait until the building is full 
and crowded to decide to build. Build first! People like 
to go where there are crowds, but they don't like to go 
where it is crowded. 

These, then are the basic requirements that must be 
met if our Brethren Sunday schools are to grow. These 
are tlie areas in which we must Venture With Christ i 
in the Sunday school. 






KENNEDY ESTABLISHES 
CHURCH ATTENDANCE POLICY 

Publicized attendance of the Presi- 
dent at Sunday chui'ch services will 
end after January 20. 

President-elect Kennedy's policy 
will be never to announce in advance 
the time or place at which he will 
attend Mass. 

Reporters, if they ask, will be told 
after he has returned to the White 
House. (EP) 



CHURCH CONSTRUCTION 
TOTALS HEAD FOR RECORD 
HIGH IN '61 

WASHINGTON, D. C. (EP) — 
Church construction, exceeding one 
billion dollars in 1959 for the first 
time in history, will increase even 
more in 1961. So says the Department 
of Commerce in its official forecast 
of construction activity in the year 
ahead. 

The government said that construc- 
tion of religious edifices, with an in- 
crease of only three per cent, would 
reach a record high of $1,075,000,000 
in 1961. 



NEW BOOKLET OFFERS 
SOCIAL SECURITY ADVICE 
TO CLERGY 

WASHINGTON, D. C. (EP)— The 
Social Security Administration has is- 
sued a booklet. Dear Mr. Clergyman, 
giving members of the clergy full 
information concerning the new elec- 
tion they may make on their 1960 
personal income tax returns as to 
whether they want Social Security 
coverage. 

Copies are available free at all So- 
cial Security and Internal Revenue 
Service offices. 

The pamphlet says that the clergy- 
man's local Social Security or In- 
ternal Revenue office "will welcome 
the opportunity to discuss your status 
with you if you are interested, or 
if you are not exactly sure whei'e 
you stand." 

"Information about the old-age, 
survivors' and disability insurance 
program, which may be helpful to you 
in deciding whether you should take 
advantage of the opportunity" will 
gladly be given, it says. 

As part of the amendments to the 
Social Security Act enacted at the 



close of its 1960 session, Congress 
extended until April 15, 1962, the 
deadline for clergymen to file a waiv- 
er certificate and elect Social Security 
coverage. 

Members of the clergy are not' 
covered by Social Security unless they 
file such a waiver and pay their "self- 
employment" tax, similar to that paid 1 
by other professional men and inde- 
pendent business men. 

While ministers can wait until 
1962 to make their election, there are 
distinct advantages to a prompt de- 
cision because benefits will be higher 
and eligibility will be established one 
year earlier, as a protection to de- 
pendents. 

Ministers who have already filed a 
waiver certificate and paid their tax 
need not take any action under the 
new law. 

Copies of the booklet, designated 
OASI-331, may also be obtained 
without charge by writing the Bureau 
of Old-Age and Survivors' Insurance, 
Social Security Administration, U. S. 
Department of Health, Education, and 
Welfare, Washington 25, D. C. 



INTER-FAITH TEAM 
PREPARES NEW BIBLE 

NEW YORK (EP)— Protestant, 
Catholic and Jewish scholars are cur- 
rently working on a "common Bible" 
for use as a reader in public schools. 

News of the program was disclosed 
in the Oct. 22 issue of the Catholic 
publication America, by the Rev. Wal- 



JANUARY 7, 1961 



PAGE SEVENTEEN 



ter M. Abbot, SJ, associate editor of 
the magazine. He said the joint trans- 
lation, based on "Modern Philogical 
Studies," will come out in 30 paper- 
aack volumes to be released between 
January, 1962, and 1966, by Double- 
lay & Co. 

The Rev. Robert F. Drinan, SJ, dean 
)f Boston College Law School, took 
I dim view of the common Bible 
reader. He questioned whether U. S. 
;ourts would accept the idea, noting 
;hat an "ever stronger minority" of 
judges was adopting the view that 
;he state and its schools must "elim- 
nate all practices and truths radi- 
;ated in theism." 

Two principal arguments have been 
ised against Bible reading in the 
ichools, Dean Drinan said. These are: 
;i) that the Bible itself — "even the 
31d Testament" — is the product of 
me religion and therefore, as a sec- 
;arian document, was prohibited, and 
[2) that no version of the Bible is 
icceptable to all sects, and that Bi- 
jle reading in school inevitably favors 
)ne sect. 

"The emergence of a universally ac- 
;epted nonsectarian Bible must re- 
solve the second argument," he said, 
'but the courts would still have to 
vrestle with the first." 

'COFFEE BREAK EVANGELISM?" 

COLUMBUS, 0. (EP)— A Meth- 
)dist leader suggests a new way to 
vin more persons to Christ: "coffee 
)reak evangelism." 

Harold S. Rogers of Nashville, Di- 
■ector of Personal Evangelism for the 



Methodist Church, said that "the av- 
erage American spends perhaps 83 
hours a year in coffee breaks." 

"It would be a significant contribu- 
tion to Christianity," he said, "if 
Christians would use some of this 
discussion time to talk to their friends 
about Christ." 



CHURCH ENDORSES 
"MODERN GARBED" CHRIST 

MILWAUKEE, Wis., (EP)— A Sun- 
day School booklet for three-year-old 
children illustrating Christ in knee- 
length trousers and short tunic-like 
shirt, rather than in the traditional 
long flowing robe, was endorsed by the 
Evangelical and Reformed Church's 
General Council here. 

The booklet is part of a new re- 
ligious education curriculum for stu- 
dents through high school age pre- 
pared by the United Church of Christ, 
formed in 1957 through a merger of 
the E & R Church and the Congre- 
gational Christian General Council. 

Stories in the booklet are retold in 
nursery rhymes, and Biblical figures 
are portrayed in clothing and appear- 
ance familiar to children. 



AUSSIE YOUTH "SENTENCED" 
TO CHURCH 

MELBOURNE, Australia (EP)— A 
reckless 17-year-old boy has been 
"sentenced" by a local magistrate to 
attend church at least twice a month 
for the next five years. The young 
man was found guilty on four counts 



of stealing cars and irresponsibly op- 
erating them. 

Magistrate A. H. Pfeifer of Sand- 
ringham Court made the church at- 
tendance order one of three conditions 
of a five-year probation applied to 
Robert Barry Rigby. 

Pfeifer said the boy had "warped 
moral values and no spiritual ones" 
and needed to attend church. He said 
the compulsory church attendance 
order was designed to "rectify the 
things that were missing from Rig- 
by's daily life." 



QUAKER REQUEST: 
"PEACE SECRETARY" 
IN CABINET 

BERNARDSVILLE, N. J. (EP)— If 
President-elect Kennedy heeds a re- 
quest sent to him by a group of 
Quakers here, he will have one extra 
Cabinet post to fill: Secretary of 
Peace. 

Wrote the Somerset Hills Monthly 
Meeting of the Religious Society of 
Friends: "We are concerned that 
there are too few people in our gov- 
ernment actively planning for peace- 
ful transition from an armed to a dis- 
armed world, and for the develop- 
ment under the UN of a world sys- 
tem of order, justice and freedom." 

A Department of Peace, as an in- 
dependent agency, would "have the 
prestige and objectivity to research 
and develop plans which must precede 
accomplishments we most earnestly 
pray will be the fruits of your office," 
the Quakers wrote Kennedy. 



Evangelical Leaders speak on Christian Publications: 



In this age when more people are reading more 
than ever and when the enemy is sowing the seeds 
of doubt in the hearts of men. Christian periodicals 
are of supreme importance. They keep the Chris- 
tian informed as to the progress of God's work. 
They warn concerning errors and danger. No one 
can be a well-informed Christian apart from a 
wide acquaintance with the evangelical publica- 
tions of our time. 

As the pastor of one church for twenty years, 
I came to know the value of these publications in 
our congregation. 



In my present itinerant ministry around the 
world, I would be derelict in my duty if I did not 
recommend and place in the homes of people ev- 
erywhere those magazines and periodicals which 
I feel will be of the greatest help. My criterion 
of judgment has always been that whatever 
blesses me may also be profitable to others. 

Torrey M. Johnson 
Evangelist and Bible Teacher 



Promote THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST in your Church! 



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JS^e Brethren Lawman 




Views 

and 

Comments 

Floyd S. Benshoff 



Goodbye, The Brethren Layman 
Greetings, The Brethren Evangelist 

THIS ISSUE, January 7, 1961, marks the beginning 
of what is fondly hoped to be a great step for- 
ward in Brethren reading matter. 

After fourteen years of regular publication of a sep- 
arate magazine, The National Laymen's Organization of 
The Brethren Church, in regular session in the 1960 
General Conference decided to lend its influence and sup- 
port to the "unified publications" proposal. Pursuant to 
this decision, they have published their final issue of 
THE BRETHREN LAYMAN, December, 1960. It was 
not without regrets that the N. L. O. took this step. 
They have considered their publication a real unifying 
instrument in their work. It has many achievements to 
its credit. Leaders in the pulpit as well as the pew have 
co-operated to give it a fine fourteen volumes. Forward 
steps have been taken by the men of the denomination, 
and the magazine was not without its part in this prog- 
ress. 

Now, with the launching of a bigger, better denomina- 
tional weekly, the men of the church are expected to be- 
come a more effective force in the advance we sincerely 
believe to be signaled by this significant step in "Ven- 
turing with Christ". 

Much wrestling with knotty problems has preceded 
this initial issue. Many mountains still loom ahead. Dear 
reader, we pray your extra indulgence during this pe- 
riod of transition. It has not, and will not be easy for 
some time to come. Sympathetic, helpful suggestions are 
sought. If they concern the laymen's department, let this 
scribe know of them. 

January is PUBLICATION OFFERING month. Funds 
are really needed this time, but more, won't you pray 
that Spirit-led men and women may bring to Brethren 
homes the magazine that vdll be most helpful and in- 
spiring to the leading of a Christian life in service to 
Him who called us to be His disciples. 

HAPPY NEW YEAR, and really, men, it's not too 
early to plan your time and funds to attend your District 
and National Conferences. 

F. S. B. 




The 

President's 

Message 



Isaac B. Litton 
Greetings, Laymen: 



A NEW YEAR | 

Take time to live — it is the secret of success. 
Take time to think — it is the source of power. 
Take time to play — it is the secret of youth. 
Take time to read — it is the foundation of knowledge' 
Take time for friendship — it is the source of happiness 
Take time to laugh — it helps lift life's load. 
Take time to dream — it hitches the soul to stars. 
Take time for GOD — it is life's only LASTING invest' 

ment. 

Brethren men, are you taking time for GOD ? ? ? ' 
WE need urgently, every man a Layman. We want yov 
to make this lasting investment. The dividends are higher 
than ever before. Do you question, WHY A LAYMAN ' 
I, too, can give many reasons for joining the LAYi 
MEN'S ORGANIZATION. Here are a few: 

1. Divides and locates responsibility. 

2. Enlists lay activity. 

3. Reinforces the pastor's efforts. 

4. Challenges to the study of missions. 

5. Provides a great opportunity for Christian servicci 

6. Reaches the membership individually. 

7. Stimulates the spiritual life of its members. 

8. Greatly increases intelligence, intercession and of! 
ferings. 

Now don't you want to be making this investment ' 
Remember, it is life's only lasting investment. 

Here is the resolution I want every Layman to mak( 
as we enter the New Year, 

I take GOD to be my Father; 

JESUS CHRIST to be my SAVIOUR; 

The HOLY SPIRIT to be my Guide; 

The BIBLE to be my rule of LIFE. 

CHRISTIAN people to be my Associates, 

Christian work my duty and privilege. 

This resolution made and kept will bring experienw 
in CHRIST JESUS. 

Isaac B. Litton. 



FANUARY 7, 1961 



PAGE NINETEEN 



SOUTHERN INDIANA LAYMEN 

The Southern Indiana Laymen met November 
21 at the Huntington church. After a delicious 
supper in the church basement the men gathered 
n the sanctuary for the evening's devotions and 
jusiness. 

James Maxton presided and welcomed the 
?roup. Alda Trainer led the congregation in a 
lymn, and brother Maxton read Psalm 95. We 
vere then favored by a duet number by Mrs. 
DeWayne Lursch and Mrs. Elbert Trainer. Our 
eader then introduced as the speaker of the even- 
ng, Brother Earl Krieger, a member of the host 
;hui'ch, and coach at the Huntington High School, 
vho spoke on "Thanksgiving and Its Meaning 
;o Us". He observed that Thanksgiving should 
3e one of our most religious holidays, as we have 
io much for which to give thanks. The meet- 
ng was then turned over to the district presi- 
ient, brother Clarence Kindley. 

Roll call was made with 73 answering "pres- 
jnt". After the minutes were read, brother "Bud" 
hunter made a report on the Laymen's Lodge 
it Shipshewana, and commented briefly on the 
Laymen's Organization, its goals and plans. He 
stated that the Lodge Loan was almost paid off. 

A few additional facts on the subject "Lodge": 
rhe building was erected in 1958, and has been 
ised since that time. It sleeps about 60 boys, and 
las a very nice assembly room for classes. It 
las proven a very fine addition to Shipshewana's 
'acilities. The Laymen should be justly proud 
)f it and they welcome any and all to drive up 
md see and enjoy it. An offering of $61.86 was 
ifted. 

The election of officers for the new year was 
jonducted by a committee which included: Ly- 
nan Ressler, Sam Clingaman and Ralph Jenkins, 
rhe results: PRESIDENT, James Donaldson; 
7ICE PRESIDENT, James Payne; and SEC- 
PREAS., J. C. Draper. 

Brother Kindley stated that there were plans 
mderway for the encouraging and helping (finan- 
;ially) of youth for the ministry. Brother Guy 
?urdy reported on the school furniture for Lost 
jreek, which was sent down by the Laymen 
(two truck loads). Rev. Floyd Sibert reported on 
;he school bus for Kentucky, which has also been 
ielivered. 

The benediction was given by brother Ted 
level, a guest from the Northern district. 

J. C. Draper, Sec-Treas. 



SECOND BRETHREN, JOHNSTOWN, PA. 

November 12, 1960 the Laymens' organization 
of our church held a meeting and "buckwheat 
breakfast" at 8 a. m. Real buckwheat (not box 
variety) was used along with real homemade 
country sausage and real maple syrup, (Somer- 
set County, Pa.) Leroy Boyer, Orville Boyer and 
Earl Ely were the chefs in charge. Nineteen 
men were present and enjoyed to the "full" the 
affair. We were fortunate to have with us at 
that time Dr. Joseph Shultz from our Washing- 
ton, D. C, church. He gave us a very interesting 
and enlightening talk, including some of the facts 
concerning the 200-year program the Roman 
Catholic church has reportedly planned. He also 
gave us some facts on the needs of a growing 
Christian church. I am sure the men of our 
church found "food" for thought. A hymn, and 
prayer by president Orville Boyer closed the ses- 
sion. Everyone helped to clean up the tables and 
wash the dishes. We had a wonderful time of 
fellowship and are already planning other and 
similar events. 

F. E. Spaugy. 




SECOND BRETHREN men like to eat too. 
Imagine getting up for breakfast at 8. . . 



URGENT! 



Information regarding lost members of National Lay- 
men. 

Send information to Delbert Mellinger, 112 E. Liberty, 
Ashland, Ohio. 

IMMEDIATELY 



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Brethren Youth 



NEW YEAR PROSPECTUS 



"Go in unto the land" ... Moses 
cried. Israelites. . .way down in Egypt- 
land. . .moaning under bondage. . . 
"Let my people go"... cried Moses. 
Deliverance. . .wandering. . .and 
THEN Moses cried. . ."Go in unto the 
land!" 

America. . . turned from God ? . . . 
searching. . .seeking. . .building 
bombs and bigger bombs . . . deliver- 
ance?... THEN the cry of Moses 
echoes down through centuries. . ."Go 
in unto the land!" 

1961 has been ushered in with tra- 
ditional ceremony. We stand on the 
threshhold of a new "land." Will we 
take the new land or be defeated ? 
New Year Resolutions have been 
made and some have already been 
broken. We do not have a set of reso- 
lution." for you but we have a guide 
for taking the new year — going in 
unto the land. 

Joshua had to stand before a weary 
and downcast nation urging them 
to obey Moses' command to take the 
Promised Land. At the end of his 
military career Joshua admonished 
his nation again. . ."Choose you this 
day whom ye will serve." 

Whom will we serve this year? 
Ourselves? The world? Christ? The 
choice is ours. Perhaps we should 
look at the results of serving our- 
selves, the world or Christ. 

If we serve ourselves, we can do 
as we want. . .fulfill our desires and 
pleasures. . .think, live and do for 



ourselves. There is no sacrifice in- 
volved. Or perchance we would like 
to serve the world. There are many 
pleasures offered, beautiful material 
things, wealth, position, popularity. 
Naturally there will be demands and 
pressures upon us from society — 
clubs to serve, charities to organize, 
cocktail parties just to be sociable, 
even church to attend because that is 
the thing to do — it is good for busi- 
ness. But what about giving our 
lives to Christ? This means we sac- 
rifice ourselves to Him — we no longer 
live for just ourselves or even the 
world. The glitter and glamor of the 
world fades into the beauty of eter- 
nity. The world's pleasure is lost in 
the deep, inner satisfaction, peace and 
contentment gained by living for 
Christ. No stormy wars, social ridi- 
cule 01- persecution can destroy the 
inner Christian being. "The body they 
may kill: God's truth abideth still." 
Serving Christ means living on in a 
glorious eternity. . .means a better 
life here within the Christian. "Choose 
you this day whom ye will serve . . . 
Jesus Christ." 

After making your choice, "... 
press toward the mark for the prize 
of the high calling of God in Christ 
Jesus." This is what Joshua wished 
for the Israelites . . . this is what the 
great missionary Paul sought for his 
life. Waste no time in backsliding . . . 
be not lackadaisical. . .do not procras- 
tinate. . .but press on. In vigorous 
dedication, "Venture with Christ" in 
1961. Step out in faith, working for 
the prize of His high calling. 

Youth will serve Christ by enter- 
ing the Speech Contest, raising $6,000 
for the radio station in Argentina, 
witnessing, and meeting Goals. 
Adultn will build new churches, can- 
vass their neighbors for prospects, 
witness, give to missions and many 
in all age groups will answer the 
call to become a laborer in the har- 
vest fields of the world. 

Will you stand in the battle? Will 
you forge ahead "toward the mark 



for the prize of the high calling o 
God in Christ Jesus?" That is your 
duty after making the choice to serve 
Him. 

And when the sands of time ha\e 
dropped out the year 1961, what will 
be the result? Will we have gone in 
unto the land ? Because of our choice 
and our pressing onward, will this 
year have been worthwhile? 

Paul says, "Nay, in all these things 
we are more than conquerors through 
him that loved us." More than con-' 
querors! Just what is a "conqueror?" 
Mr. Webster tells us that a con- 
queror is: a person who conquers or 
overcomes, wins. This is our promise 
. . .and we are more than conquerors. 
Worldly victors soon find their pos- 
sessions and lands taken from th ;ni 
by another but those who win for 
Christ will never lose their riches . . . 
for they are laid up in heaven "where 
neither motli nor rust doth corrupt, 
and where thieves do not break 
through nor steal." 

"In all these things" Paul says we 
are victors. What things is Paul talk- 
ing about? Perhaps he thought of 
self, position (for he was a Pharisee 
of the Pharisees), wealth, love of this 
world's goods and pleasures, friends 
he once had... "Nay, in all the.se 
things we are more than conquerors." 

Yes, America. . .Christians. . .Go in 
unto the land. . .Choose you this day 
whom you will serve. . .press toward 
the mark for the prize of the high 
calling of God in Christ Jesus . . . v\e 
are more than conquerors! 

Sands of time drop out into eter- 
nity... the hour glass runs on... 
only what is done for Christ will last 
. . . "Venture with Christ" in '61 ! 

Echoes of Moses. . .crying out to 
Israel. . .crying out to America... to 
all Christians. . ."that thou mayest go 
in unto the land which the Lord thy 
God giveth thee, a land that floweth 
with milk and honey; as the Lord 
God of thy fathers hath promised 
thee"... ETERNITY. 



JANUARY 7, 1961 



PAGE TWENTY-ONE 



Meditations - - 



— by DEE KEPLINGER 



HONESTY 

THERE IS an Eastern fable about 
a servant named Lukman who 
turned his master into an honest 
man. One day the master told him to 
go into a field and sow barley. Luk- 
man sowed oats instead. At the time 
of harvest the master went to the 
field to inspect the crop and was 
surprised and annoyed to find green 
oats thriving where he expected to 
see barley. "Did I not tell you to 
sow barley here?" he demanded of 
Lukman. "Why, then, have you sown 
oats?" Lukman answered, "I sowed 
oats in the hope that barley would 
grow." This enraged his master. 
"Wha^ foolish idea is this?" he 
shouted. "Have you ever heard of 
such a thing happening?" Lukman 
shrugged his shoulders. "You yourself 
are constantly sowing in the field of 
the world the seeds of evil, and yet 
you expect to reap in the resurrec- 
tion day the fruits of virtue. There- 
fore, T thought also, I might get bar- 
ley by sowing oats." So abashed was 
the master by his servant's reply that 
he turned abruptly and spent the rest 
of the day in meditation. 

A young boy was employed in a 
linen factory in Ireland. One day an 
order was received for a piece of 
cloth containing a specified yardage. 
The only piece available at the fac- 
tory at that time was a piece of 
shorter measurement, but the owner 



of the factory thought it might be 
made the required length by a little 
stretching. He unrolled the cloth and 
ordered the boy to hold one end 
while he held the other. Then he in- 
structed, "Pull, Adam. Pull hard!" 
"I can't, sir," the young apprentice 
replied, "Why not?" demanded the 
master. "Because it is wrong, sir," 
said Adam, and refused to pull. Of 
course, he was dismissed at once on 
the grounds that he would never 
mak? a good linen manufacturer. But 
this boy who refused to participate 
in a dishonest act became Dr. Adam 
Clarke, the honored English clergy- 
man. The honesty of his youth laid 
the foundation of his future great- 
ness. 

With the ancient Romans, the same 
word meant both honor and honesty. 
Truly they are so closely associated 
that one can not have honor without 
honesty, nor can he be honest without 
honor. 

All clients knew that with Abraham 
Lincoln as their lawyer they would 
win their case — if it was fair. They 
also knew if their case was not fair 
it was a waste of time to take it 
to him. On one occasion, after listen- 
ing to a would-be client state his 
case, Lincoln exclaimed, "Well, you 
have a pretty good case in technical 
law, but a pretty bad one in equity 
and justice. You'll have to get some 
other fellow to win this case for you. 
I couldn't do it. All the time while 
standing talking to the jury I'd be 
thinking, 'Lincoln, you're a liar,' and 



I believe I should forget myself and 
say it out loud." 

The little poem called Honesty 
gives us much to think about. 
Rather loss than unjust gain. 
Rather poverty than wealth 
Acquired through dishonest ways. 
Which brings but temporary ease 
And robs the soul of life for ever- 
more. 
We can not take our gains with us 
(Honest or dishonest though 
They be) when we are called to leave 
This world and give an accurate 
Accounting of our lives. There can 
Be r.o dishonesty that day. 
For God Himself stands judge of all. 
Excuses, explanations, or 
Attempts to rectify a wrong 
Committed through dishonesty 
Will be futile. Our books will then 
Be closed to any further act. 
Dishonest gains tlirough fraudulent 

ways 
May mean more luxury and wealth 
Upon this world. But what about 
That day the soul alone is called 
To give accounting for the life? 
Rather loss than unjust gain. 
Rather poverty than wealth 
Acquired through dishonest ways. 
Which brings but temporary ease 
And robs the soul of life for ever- 



Yoi;ng People, may our lights so 
shine that others may see sincerity 
and honesty in everything we say and 
do. May our honest ways show forth 
our love for God. 



Support the 



1961 Publication Offering 



Liberally 



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CURRICULUM 

In addition to the regular activities of teaching, serv- 
ing on committees of the College faculty and in various 
denominational activities, the Seminary faculty is en- 
gaged in the complicated task of reorganizing the whole 
curriculum. Many offerings need to be revised, others 
must be added and provision must be made for new de- 
partments to be organized in the future. Involved in 
the reorganization will be a change from the semester 
system to the quarter system. An attempt will be made 
to have the new program in operation in the next school 
year. 



sessions will be conducted at the Seminary. The con- 
cluding service will be held on Sunday morning in the 
Park Street Church, with Rev. Robert Bischof bringing 
the message. 



DAYS OF DEVOTION 
AND FELLOWSHIP 

The annual "Days of Devotion and Fellowship" were 
conducted at the Seminary on November 17, and 18, 
with Rev. A. T. Ronk of Waterloo, Iowa, as the prin- 
cipal speaker. This annual period of fellowship is very 
valuable in the life of the Seminary student body. 

Rev. Ronk made a fine contribution this year to the 
students in his presentations. His three messages were 
concerned with: "The Elements of Mysticism in the 
Faith"; "The Preacher, The Preach— ed, The 
Preach — ee"; and "The Romance of the Ministry". These 
lectures have been mimeographed and will be distributed 
to the Seminary student body. 



GIFTS 

At last General Conference time the National Lay- 
men's Organization appropriated $1,000 for the Sem- 
inary library. 

Recently, Reverend Lester E. Myers, a member of the 
Milledgeville, Illinois, Brethren Church, made a contri- 
bution of $200 for the pui-chase of library books. 

A few weeks ago an anonymous "Friend of the Semi- 
nary" made a present of a fine new Bell and Howell 
motion picture projector. It is to be noted that this 
particular Friend is not a member of the Brethren 
Church, but is one who is genuinely interested in the 
work here. 

The Seminary Student Organization is engaged in the 
project of purchasing a mimeograph for the Seminary. 

These wonderful gifts will surely increase the effective- 
ness of our work, and are most sincerely appreciated. 

Persons wishing to know more about how to aid the 
Seminary with gifts may write to Dean Delbert B. 
Flora, Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio. 



MISSIONARY CONFERENCE 

On January 19-22 the Seminary, in cooperation with 
the Missionary Board of the Brethren Church, will spon- 
sor a Missionary Conference. Rev. Clayton Berkshire, 
Missionary Board Secretary, will preside over the meet- 
ings. Speakers will include Rev. Robert Bischof from 
Nigeria, Africa; Rev. R. 0. Byler from Buenos Aires, 
Argentina; and Rev. Charles Kraft from Mbororo, Africa. 

Subjects to be discussed include: "The History of 
Brethren Missions"; "The Aims and Motives of Mis- 
sions"; "The Future of Missions in the Modern World"; 
"The Missionary: His Call, Qualifications, and Prepara- 
tions". Discussion periods will be allowed for further 
development of the themes. 

The Conference will begin Thursday evening at 7:30, 
January 19, in the Park Street Brethren Church. Friday 



liQm^ of general Interest 



SARASOTA, FLORIDA. Two new members wei-e re- 
ceived into the church recently. 

WASHINGTON, D. C. The Washington church reports 
the reception of nine new members the early part of 
December. 

ASHLAND, OHIO (GARBER). Services at a local rest 
home were conducted on the afternoons of December 
18th and 25th by members of the Garber church. 

DAYTON, OHIO (HILLCREST). Reception of six new 
membei's is repoi'ted. 

AKRON, INDIANA. Gideon speaker, Merrill King, 
brought the message in the Akron Cooperative church 
on December 11th. 

MISHAWAKA, INDIANA. William Meinke notes that 
this new Brethren work had an attendance of 42 on 
December 11th, with 24 attending their first communion 
service. 

SPECIAL. The hearts of the Editor and family were 
saddened before Christmas by the sudden passing of 
Mrs. Benshoff's father the morning of December 21st 
at his home in Zullinger, Penna. Ira W. Weaver was 
65 years of age at the time of his passing, and leaves 
his widow, a daughter, two sons, and six grandchildren. 
He joined the Brethren Church in early manhood and 
later had his fellowship with the E. U. B. Church where 
he was faithful in attendance until death took him to 
his eternal home. Services were held in Waynesboro, 
with interment in Green Hill cemetery, Waynesboro, 
Penna. Our comfort comes through our hope and faith 
in Christ who said, "I am the resurrection, and the life," 
and, "Because I live, ye shall live also." (WSB). 



JANUARY 7, 1961 



PAGE TWENTY-THREE 



The 




Woman's 


by 


Corner 


Helen 
Jordan 



Dear W. M.S. Members: 

I have so much to tell you, I hardly 
know where to begin. Before I tell 
you anything I want to thank all 
the W. M. S. members for letting me 
be their representative on this new 
Editorial Staff. I've had such an ex- 
citing time all fall while the new 
paper has been getting itself put to- 
gether. Of course, it's not fair for 
me to have all this fun and the rest 
of you not to be in on any of it. 
That's why I want to tell you all 
about it. 

Do you have any idea how many 
jobs must be done before the first 
issue of the new church paper can 
reach you ? I knew, but I had no 
idea how thrilling the doing could 
me. Plans must be made, a press set 
in, printing techniques reviewed, 
ideas discussed, articles written for 
and anxiously awaited, deadlines es- 
tablished, artwork prepared and or- 
dered, material typed in proper form 
and sent to the print shop for the 



final exciting rush to beat the time 
schedule. Right now, there's only one 
day left before the December 9 dead- 
line. Then (we hope) all the material 
will be prepared for the first issue to 
come out about January 7, so the 
editors can experiment with page lay- 
out and color, the new media we're 
working with. 

The first big thrill came on a day 
early in October when we met to dis- 
cuss such things as name, new ideas 
of magazine production, content, etc. 
Mrs. Rodkey, at conference, had made 
it possible for us to consider a new 
name for the magazine, so we were 
trying to come up with something. 
Several people had told me that they 
didn't think anything new could be 
done with the old name, "Evangelist"; 
that the idea of a new publication 
using the old name was impossible. 
I must confess I rather agreed with 
them, but I couldn't think of a good 
name. 

Then Jack Smith, a professional 
artist engaged to draw up a new 
cover and headings, came in and 
showed us a cover drawing using two 
colors. I have never been so amazed. 
That cover was just what we had all 
dreamed of. I can hardly wait to have 
you see it. Only a few weeks now un- 
til you can all share that moment of 
sheer delight. 



A lot of things have happened since 
then as we have seen the new ideas 
of color, artwork, layout, material 
and design evolve. Even the work of 
planning a sales drive for new sub- 
sci'iptions has had its interesting mo- 
ments, even though I was just plain 
mad when that job was piled on top 
of all the other editorial work this 
new staff was trying to do in such a 
short time. I learned that the Breth- 
ren Church has no reliable method of 
selling its printed materials. Confer- 
ence has appointed good committees 
to prepare such materials, but has 
not yet devised an effective selling 
program. Maybe the lack in this area 
could be filled by a staff similar to 
the new editorial staff. Just another 
of my wild ideas. 

One other thing, then I must close 
this letter. While I was trying to 
plan the W. M. S. materials for this 
new publication, I took the time to 
read many of the old copies of the 
Woman's Outlook. Do you know, 
we've had a wealth of good articles 
written and published in that maga- 
zine over the years? Reading them 
has been pure pleasure. I must say 
"Bye, now" and get back to my typ- 
ing. 

Margery Whitfed. 



The March of the Years 



"One by one, one by one. 

The years march past till the march is done: 

The Old Year dies to the solemn knell, 

And a merry peal fi-om the clanging bell 

Ushers the others, one by one, 

Till the march of the years shall at last be done. 

"Bright and glad, dark and sad. 

Are the years that come in mystery clad; 

Their faces are hidden, and none can see 

If merry or sorrowful each will be. 

Bright and sad, dark and glad. 

Have been the years that we have had. 

"Pair and subtle under the sun. 
Something from us each year has won. 
Has it given us treasures ? Day by day 



It has stolen something we prize away; 
We meet with fears, and count with tears. 
The buried hopes of the long past years. 

"Is it so? And yet let us not forget 
How fairly the sun has risen and set; 
Each year has brought us some sunny hours. 
With a wealth of song and a crown of flowers. 
Power to love, and time to pray. 
Its gifts have been ere it passed away. 

"We hail the New Year that has come in view: 

Work comes with it, and pleasure, too; 

And even though it may bring some pain. 

Each passing year is a thing of gain; 

We greet with song the days that throng. 

Do they bring us trouble? 'Twill make us strong.' 

— Author Unknown. 



PAGE TWENTY-FOUR THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



We Get: 



A DAILY PAPER — to keep informed about the news of our community, 
our nation and the world. 

NEWSMAGAZINES — to l^eep better informed than is possible through 
newspapers, and to get the comments of trained 
news analysts and political writers. 

TV GUIDE OR MAGAZINE — so that we may know what is to be made 
available on TV for our viewing. 

TRADE AND UNION PAPERS AND MAGAZINES — so that we may 
know the latest in regard to our work and labor 
organization. 

SPORTS MAGAZINES — so that we may have the latest information 
about the different sports that we follow, or about 
the individuals in the field of sports in whom we 
have an interest. 

ALUMNI NEWS — so that we will not lose track of our old friends with 
whom we spent some delightful years in school. 

AN ASSORTMENT OF DIGESTS AND STORY MAGAZINES — so that 
we will have all the light reading we want — and 
to assure us that we will not be missing anything 
of importance taking place in our world. 

BUT ALL TOO OFTEN, WE FAIL TO INCLUDE ONE OF THE MOST 
IMPORTANT PUBLICATIONS AVAILABLE TO US — OUR CHURCH 
PAPER! 

In our church paper we find all kinds of news that should be of interest 
to all of our church people. It carries items concerning 
Other Churches 

Our Educational Progi*ams 
Our Women's W^ork 
Our Men's Work 
Our Youth Work 

The Activities of our Camps 
The Efforts of our Missionaries 
The Care of our Aged 

The Building of New Churches 

The Problems of our Publication Board 
Our many Conferences and Meetings 
Our District Projects 

And a Host of Other Things 

— the above courtesy of 
John T. Byler's bulletin. 



evangelist; 

Official Organ of ^he Srcthrcn Church 




Vol. LXXXIII 



January 14, 1961 



No. 2 



For 1960-61: "VENTURING with CHRIST" (II Peter 3:18) 



PAGE TWO 

THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 

EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor of Publications ..Rev. W. St. Clair BenshofT 

Board of Editorial Consultants: 
Woman's Missionary Society 

Mrs. Charlene Rowser 
National Laymen's Organization 

Floyd S. Benshoif 

National Brethren Youth Beverly Summy 

Missionary Board Mrs. Ida Lindower 

Contributing Editors: 

National Sunday School Board .... Richard Winfleld 
Sunday School Lesson Comments 

Rev. William H. Anderson 

Prayer Meeting Studies Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 

Spiritual Meditations Rev. Dyoll Belote 

Evangelism Rev. J. D. Hamel 

Special Subjects Rev. H. William Fells 

Published weekly, except the fourth week in July 
and the last week in December by: 

THE BRETHREN PUBLISHING COMPANY 

524 College Ave., Ashland, Ohio 

Phone: 37271 

Terms of Subscription: 

$4.00 per year per subscription. 

Payable in Advance. 

Entered as second class matter at Ashland, Ohio. 
Accepted for mailing at special rate, section 1103, 
Act of October 3, 1917. Authorized September 3, 1928. 

Change of Address: In ordering change of ad- 
dress, please notify at least three weeks in advance, 
giving both old and new address. 

Remittances: Send all money, business communi- 
cations and contributed articles to the above address. 

Prudential Committee: 

A. Glenn Carpenter, President; Rev. E. Phil 
Lersch, Vice President; H. D. Hunter, Secretary- 
Treasurer. 



In This Issue: 

Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial: "Gospel Witnessing Through 
Literature" 3 

Missionary Board 4 

W. M. S. Program Planning Section 6 

Sunday School Suggestions 16 

Sunday School Lesson Comments 16 

Prayer Meeting Bible Study 17 

News from the Churches 18 

World Religious News in Review 19 

Brethren Laymen 20 

Brethren Youth 22 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIS' 

NOTES and COMMENTS 



THE NEW PRESS: 

Tuesday, January 3rd, our new, two-color pres; 
arrived in Ashland, and is now being installed ii 
the publishing company press room. At least on« 
more issue of the Evangelist will be printed as w( 
have been doing, but you can look forward to see 
ing your church paper in its brand new set-uj 
shortly. Remember, it will differ from what yoi 
now hold in that it will be done by the two-colo: 
process with new heads, etc. 



CONGRATULATIONS, MAC AND LILA 

December 27th was the day; 
the place was Samaritan Hos- 
pital in Ashland, Ohio. The 
event was the safe arrival of 
MICHAEL LEE McCANN, the 
first-born of National Brethren 
Youth Director Marlin McCann, 
and his wife, Lila. We extend 
our congratulations to them and pray God 
ing upon their home. (WSB) 




s bless 



NORTHERN CALIFORNIA DISTRICT CONFER 
ENCE: 

This Conference will convene in the Brethrei 
Church at Manteca, California, on January 18tl 
through 22nd. Mr. Howard Crom is the Moderate 
of the Conference. It is planned that General Con 
ference Field Secretary, John W. Porte; Nations 
Brethren Youth Director, Marlin McCann; and Na 
tional Missionary Board Associate Secretai'y, Dal 
Long, will be visiting the Conference. These mei 
will be visiting other Brethren churches enrout 
west and on their return trip to Ashland. 



REMEMBER: You will continue to receive this 
new Evangelist until the expiration of your present 
subscription, at which time your renewal check of 
$4.00 will keep your paper coming for another 
year. 

IF YOU ARE receiving your Evangelist each 
week because your church is 100%, and pays your 
subscription, be sure to express a word of thanks 
to your pastor, your church moderator or secre- 
tary. Reimbursing your church for the amount of 
your subscription will encourage the continuation 
of the policy of sending the magazine into every 
home of your church. 

JANUARY is Publication Offering Month. Have 
you seen the four-page folder sent to your church 
which tells about the work which is being done 
with your publication offering dollars ? Participate 
in the work of Christian publications by making 
a liberal gift to the offering this month. 



ANUARY 14, 1961 



PAGE THREE 



The Editor's Pulpit 

gospel Witnessing l^hrougk Literature 



"AFTER TRAVEL and study 
a 53 countries, I have come to 
his conclusion — the only way 
re are going to be able to car- 
y out the great commission, 'Go 
'6 into all the world and preach 
he gospel to every creature,' 
dll be BY MEANS OF THE 
'HINTED PAGE." These words 
ome from the pen of Dr. Os- 
vald J. Smith, pastor of the 
freat missionary church, "The 
'eoples Church", of Toronto, 
Canada. Dr. Smith adds that he 
)elieves that the only way we 
;an evangelize the world in one 
feneration, in the face of not 
laving enough missionaries, is 
)y means of gospel literature. 

Last week's Evangelist car- 
ried vital statistics on how the 
;]ommunists are using the 
)rinted page to gain world domi- 
lation. Somehow they have 
earned a truth which we like- 
vise know but seem prone to 
'or get — "Tlie pen is mightier 
;han the sword." At any rate, 
;he Christian church is well be- 
lind in the race for the minds 
)f men through the printed 
jage. 

Very few things are sold with- 
)ut the use of some form of 
arinting. You go to buy a car, 
md you pick up a booklet show- 
ng pictures of the various mod- 
els. You find in there the facts 
ibout the engine and body. The 
aooklet is attractive, and has 
out one pui'pose, which is to sell 
the car. False religions and sects 
send their representatives to 
your door. Tliey endeavor to get 
you to accept their literature. 



knowing that in the privacy of 
your living room, your curiosity 
will get the best of you, and you 
will read at least a portion of 
what they gave you. 

A person lias a strong ten- 
dency to believe what he sees 
in print. "If it's printed, it must 
be true," is a basic belief of man 
which purveyors of untruth are 
using to the utmost. We dare 
not believe everything we see in 
print, but how are people to 
know that the false literature 
they receive is not true if they 
have never read anything of 
the true gospel of Christ? We 
must hang our heads in shame 
when we realize how lax the 
Christian church has been in 
getting the words of eternal 
truth into print for the teem- 
ing millions of the world's pop- 
ulation. 

On this point, there is much 
we can do as a church to provide 
gospel literature for our neigh- 
bors. Bibles, tracts, Christian 
books and booklets, pamphlets, 
our church paper, quarterlies, 
etc., can all be used to combat 
the relentless campaign of pagan 
forces for the hearts and souls 
of men. 

We are told that the Bible is 
no longer the m.ost widely-trans- 
lated book in the world. The 
writings of Lenin, the Russian 
revolutionary leader, have, since 
1948, taken first place, with 986 
translations. During the same 
period, the Bible was translated 
into 887 new languages and dia- 
lects. One-third of all literature 
in India is communistic. Truly, 



one of the greatest challenges in 
the world today is in the field 
of Christian literature. 

Our missionaries should be 
provided with even greater 
means for producing Christian 
literature for use in their work. 
At home, there should be a 
greater use made of Christian 
literature — in our homes, 
churches, and in personal work 
among the people around us. 

What we have written thus 
far may seem pretty much like 
a rerun of things you have read 
and heard before. The tendency 
may be to just pass it off as 
another editorial in our church 
paper. We don't dare to do that, 
for what people read becomes 
their life, their passion and their 
action. If communistic teachings 
and false religious doctrines are 
absorbed in the minds of men 
because of the literature they 
read, the way of life we love 
and which saves men for eter- 
nity through Christ, is going to 
continue to face perilous times. 
What we are endeavoring to do 
in our own denomination, liter- 
ature-wise, needs our fullest sup- 
port. We should examine the use 
our local church is making of 
our denominational literature. 
Are we making the best use of 
everything we have available? 

Our program of Christian lit- 
erature, coupled with those of 
other denominations, can pre- 
sent to a dying world, the living 
gospel of Christ through the 
printed page. Truly we have a 
great responsibility of gospel 
witnessing through Hterature. 
W. S. B. 



PAGE FOUR 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



MISSIONARY DEPARTMENT 



MISSIONARY BOARD OF THE BRETHREN CHURCH 
530 College Ave.. Ashland. Ohio. Phone 39582 



Contributing Edit 



A NEW CHURCH MUST KNOW GOD'S WORK 



Thomas Shannon 



GOD'S WORK is designed to save 
sinners. He has come to seek 
and to save that which was lost. He 
came not to call the righteous, but 
sinners, to repentance. He is not will- 
ing that any should perish, but that 
all should come to repentance. This 
is the work of God — that ye believe 
on Him whom He hath sent. The 
salvation of souls is the consumma- 
tion of God's work. The whole plan 
of redemption and salvation is a chan- 
nel for accomplishing the work. To 
do this work, God came in the form 
of Jesus to give His life a ransom 
for many. 

After the conversion of the Sa- 
maritan woman at Jacob's well, Je- 
sus, speaking to His disciples, says 
that His meat is to do the will of 
the one who sent Him and to finish 
His work. This word meat can be 
puzzling until we understand what 
Jesus had in mind. He was saying to 
His disciples that He desires to do 
tlie will and the work of the Father. 
He says that He wants to accomplish 
and to complete the woi'k assigned 
to Him, and that in doing this He 
finds that which is more satisfying 
than food for the flesh. To do and 
to finish the work assigned to Him 
is satisfying. He tells the disciples 
also that while they were away He 
had His fill, because of the work of 
salvation accomplished in one sin- 
ful Samaritan woman. This is the 
meat of which they knew not and 
of which many disciples today know 
not. 

We are the disciples of Christ, as- 
signed to the task of carrying on 
His work. Our principal objective in 
every service, every meeting, every 
activity must be doing His work — 
the salvation of souls. To this end 
every effort must be geared — whether 
in Sunday school, worship services, 
revival meetings, missionary meet- 
ings, youth meetings, visitation pro- 



grams, social activities, or elsewhere 
— each must be a part and have its 
rightful place in the ultimate goal. 
In other words, we do not have Sun- 
day school for Sunday school's sake, 
worship for worship sake alone, so- 
cial activities for social life alone, 
etc.; but each has a place and can 
be used in the work of God for the 
salvation of souls. This is our reason 
for being — to do God's work. 

So important is this work — for eter- 
nal life hangs in the balance — that 
we need to use every acceptable pro- 
cedure to do the work of Christ. 

There is more to this matter than 
merely knowing God's work; most of 
us know to do more than we actually 



do. When we not only know God's 
work, but do God's work, then we 
will see the fruit coming forth in 
due season. This means visualizing 
the work as well as enlisting and 
training workers for the task. There 
are numerous "jobs" to be performed 
as a labor of love in the service of 
Christ. Some may seem more impor- 
tant than others; but regardless oi 
the measure of importance attributed 
to any task, men must be enlisted for 
them; then having been enlisted, they 
must be trained to execute them 
faithfully. 

This principle is true for church 
officers, for Sunday school officers 
and teachers, for ushers, for janitors, 




"Haven't we met before?" (Bylers and BIschofs 
reunited at Cleveland Airport) 



JANUARY 14, 1961 

for musicians, yes, for pastors, and 
for all workers, from the humblest 
to the ones in places of most renown. 
And each one who accepts the fact 
humbly, that what he does is in 
loving service to Christ, has an im- 
portant part in God's work — the sal- 
vation of souls. It is one thing to 
know God's work; it is something 
else to do God's work. A new church 
must know God's work; then it must 
do God's work. 

Of utmost importance also is the 
spiritual growth and development of 
new Christians. Certainly it is tre- 
mendously important that new babes 
in Christ become mature Christians. 
The new church must ever be con- 
scious of its responsibility to help 
these new-born souls first to stand 
firm in their faith and then to be- 
come workers for Him as they grow 
in grace and in the knowledge of 
our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 

In the presence of His disciples Je- 
sus prayed, "I have finished the work 
which thou gavest me to do." Each 
one of us Christians and members of 
the Brethren Church should be able 
to express truthfully the same ful- 
fillment of the work given to us. Do 
we know God's work ? And are we 
doing God's work ? If we would finish 
the work given us to do, we must 
know God's work. 



MISSIONARY 
DEPUTATION 

Churches requesting our mis- 
sionaries to visit them should be 
prepared to assume their travel- 
ing expenses and to provide 
meals and lodging. 

The missionaries themselves 
are hesitant in asking this; yet 
they cannot pay the expense 
themselves. If the Missionary 
Board must pay the expense, 
large amounts must be taken 
from mission funds so badly 
needed in various fields. 

If your church is inviting our 
missionaries to visit them, 
please be prepared to take care 
of expenses incurred. This sit- 
uation points up the advantages 
of churches in close proximity 
working together, thus eliminat- 
ing the necessity of numerous, 
single trips for missionaries — 
which are quite expensive and 
tiring for those who must make 
the trips. 

Offerings given for mission- 
aries' deputation expense will 
be credited to the church's to- 
tal mission giving. 




PAGE FIVE 

SOMETHING YOU SHOULD 
KNOW 
about 



Response to date 

Loans from Individuals, 
churches and organi- 
zations $35,700 

Bequests 5,250 

Gift Annuities 1,125 

Cash Contributions 1,300 

$43,375 

Church loans granted 

3 loans totalling $22,900 

Church loans in process 

1 loan request for $15,000 

Church loans anticipated 

Three or four churches have ex- 
pressed a desire to borrow money 
from the B.H.M. REVOLVING FUND 
and will be filing applications in the 
near future. Won't you pray about 
this need so that we may take great- 
er strides in our church extension as 
we VENTURE WITH CHRIST? 



FOOD FOR THE SPIRIT 

Symptomatic of the spiritual un- 
rest and feeling of alone-ness expe- 
rienced by countless numbers today 
is man's unceasing search for cer- 
tainty and security. As the pace of 
life accelerates, as technological de- 
velopments force change upon the in- 
dividual and as they change even 
him, he feels increasingly a need for 
spiritual assurance and nourishment. 

The physical universe, with its ex- 
ploding population, might conceivably 
resort to a tasteless diet of artifi- 
cially-flavored capsules and synthet- 



ics for body-building — which would be 
filling, but certainly not appetizing. So 
the mind and spirit of man may be 
fed on literary synthetics and spir- 
itual sawdust; or they may achieve 
robust health by partaking of pala- 
table literature and spiritual suste- 
nance. 

As Christians, we should nourish 
our spirits by reading literature con- 
ducive to spiritual development. Let 
us avail ourselves of the fare we can 
have for the taking. May we satisfy 
our spirits with God's Word and with 
other evangelical literature. 



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PAGE SIX 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIS" 



The Woman's Outlook 



A MEETING OF THE MINDS 



"MEN sit down front, women in 
tlie back." 

"Yes, you men have favored seats 
in the front today. The women sit in 
the back. That's the way it's done 
in Africa." 

"You women have to sit in the back 
today. In Africa the men sit in the 
front." 

Turbanned and white-robed young 
men directed conference delegates to 
seats in the chapel on the Ashland 
College Campus last August when the 
W. M. S. held their Public Program. 
These young men had been garbed 
and trained for their task by Chuck 
and Marguerite Kraft, our mission- 
aries to Africa, who were presenting 
the program. 

A MEETING OF THE MINDS 
was the theme, one part of the bigger 
venturing that all Brethren were be- 
ginning that week. Like other Bi-eth- 
ren groups, the Woman's Missionary 
Society was venturing for under- 
standing through their program, A 
SENSE OF GOD. Recognizing that 
through the ages men have sought 
gods, and that God has likewise 
sought a particular kind of man, the 
women wanted to understand how 
men seek so that as Christians they 
could better understand how to show 
Christ to those who seek Him. 

Soon a processional began, with 
eight or ten young women and men 
moving down the central aisle and 
up onto the platform. They seated 
themselves on the floor to the right 
of the lectern and after some visit- 
ing and a flurry of getting settled, 




Chuck and Marguerite Kraft and children 



A series of accounts which will en- 
able all Brethren to share some of 
the excellent conference programs 
that only delegates normally get to 
enjoy, begins with this article pre- 
pared by the W. M. S. Editorial Staff. 
Similar articles will appear in the sec- 
ond issue of each month. 



they became serious and ready to 
begin the service. One woman had a 
baby on her back, while others kept 
young ones close beside them. In the 
native Hausa, which the Krafts have 
learned in preparation for their work 
of learning the even more unknown 
Higi language, these "natives" sang 
and engaged in a brief worship ser- 
vice. 

Some time after the service began, 
Clayton Berkshire, the General Sec- 
retary of our Mission Board, and 
another man, Rev. Riddle, entered 
the chapel. Informed that the men 
were supposed to sit in the front, 
Berkshire led the way down the aisle 
even though the meeting had begun. 
As he said, "In Africa the men would 
stride to the seats in the front. It 
shows a man's important." And 
Brother Kraft welcomed him and 
pointed out that here was a man who 
knew how things are done in Africa 
because he has been there. 

In many ways these missionaries 
of ours sought to help us understand 
the meeting of the minds that is neces- 
sary when one person wishes to impart 
both knowledge and faith to another. 



They introduced us to the language 
difficulties. They sang for us. They 
worshipped with us in the African 
way, showing the many small ways 
in which African custom differs from 
American. Small as these differences 
were, they conditioned us so that we 
began dimly to glimpse the vast prob- 
lems of complete understanding. 

Chuck Kraft preached a sermon- 
ette in Hausa, then Marguerite trans- 
lated into English. When one realizes 
that this process is further compli- 
cated by the need to translate into 
still other African dialects and even 
into a language not yet translated 
into English, one can begin to glimpse 
the enormous need for a person 
skilled in language basics; for a 
couple who can work as a team in 
this important job of learning a lan- 
guage and trying it out on each other 
so they can perfect it into a means 
of communicating with people of to- 
tally different background. 

Marguerite told about their expe- 
riences while living in the African 
Bush in the new Higi territory which 
will be opened up by our Brethren 
(Continued on page 15) 



JANUARY 14, 1961 

Program 
Planning 
Section 



DILIGENCE 



PAGE SEVEN 

February Bible Study 
Mrs. George Witter 



Not slothful in business; fervent in 
spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing m 
hope; patient in tribulation; continu- 
ing instant in prayer. Romans 12:11- 
12. 

A GOOD DEFINITION for dili- 
gence is — earnest in application. 

As Christians we know that we 
have to work for material existence, 
and that we also have work to do 
for our Lord. For us, the choice of a 
lifework is more difficult than for 
others. We cannot be satisfied with 
merely making a living. We have an 
inner compulsion that makes us want 
the greatest possible contribution to- 
ward God's will in our lives and that 
of our fellow men. 

The way we apply ourselves is im- 
portant, too. In every walk of life 
there are temptations. It isn't the 
temptations that should cause us 
shame, but what we do with them. 
Temptation is an opportunity to con- 
quer. Then having conquered, diligent- 
ly going on, as our Maker would have 
us do. 

We must ask ourselves three ques- 
tions: 

(1) What does God expect of 
me? 

(2) What does the church expect 
of me? 

(3) What does the world expect 
of me? 

God expects me to live a life, day 
by day, that is worthy of the name 
"Christian." Outsiders judge Him and 
the church by what they see in us. 
One's private devotional life is most 
important, as it affects other as- 
pects of our life. How often and how 
much have we read our Bible? How 



faithfully do we observe a daily 
prayer period ? Do we love our neigh- 
bors as ourselves? Do we help light- 
en their burdens ? Sometimes we tend 
to forget what God expects of us. 

Then, too, we are expected to at- 
tend and support our church in ev- 
ery service. In other words, we should 
give of ourselves to the church. In 
so doing we will want to invite others 
to worship with us. We should not 
limit this to those in our own social 
level. All men of every race and color 
are God's children. He came to in- 
vite all to be His friends. Think of 
those Jesus invited to be His friends. 

Peter, Andrew, James and John — 
fishermen 

Zaccheus and Matthew — unpopular 
tax collectors 

Mary Magdalene — once a prostitute 

Saul of Tarsus — an aristocrat, a 
persecutor of the church. 

When questioned about this, Jesus 
said, "They that be whole need not 
a physician, but tliey that are sick. . . 
for I am not come to call the right- 
eous, but sinners to repentance" Mat- 
thew 9:12-13. Above all, we should 
always remember, it is not the church 
we are trying to present, but Christ. 

However, as a church member, as 
a member of the body of Christ, here 
on earth we are expected to be faith- 
ful in service, in financial support, 
and in knowledge and support of our 
denominational program. If we are 
thus grounded, we can't help but try 
to present Christ to the world. Evan- 
gelism is simply telling others what 
God has done for you, and that He 
can and will do the same for them. 

Of Christians, the world expects 



This issue of the EVANGELIST 
brings you the first W. M. S. Pro- 
gram Planning Section. Because you 
are already receiving your planned 
program materials, this section will 
not duplicate everything for your de- 
votional meeting. Instead, you are 
urged to build a program designed 
especially for your society, based on 



the materials prepared by our editor 
for this year's study. We reprint the 
Bible Study and the Stewardship ar- 
ticles because' they might be of value 
to other groups in planning their 
programs. It is our hope that this 
Program Planning Section may serve 
a need, not only for our W. M. S., but 
also for our whole denomination. 

M. E. W. 



very much. We are always to be on 
guard to do the right thing. An abil- 
ity to take rebuke and ridicule are 
on top of the list. 

Jesus taught men how to live. He 
taught by example and by word. The 
best collection of Jesus' teachings on 
how we should live is found in the 
"Sermon on the Mount." In it we can 
immediately see the difference be- 
tween living in the kingdom, and liv- 
ing in the "world". 

Some worldly laws of success are: 

(1) Have a good opinion of your- 
self. 

(2) Blow your own horn — if you 
don't, no one else will. 

(3) Hitch your wagon to a star 
— reach high. 

(4) Don't let your conscience get 
in your way — you are not in business 
for your health, you know. 

(5) When in Rome, do as the Ro- 
mans do. 

(6) Don't be squeamish — busi- 
ness is business. 

(7) Stand up for your rights — 
no one else will do it for you. 

Now compare that with how Jesus 
describes the Christian way of life. 

(1) "Blessed are the poor in 
spirit" — the humble — those who are 
conscious of the power of God in 
their lives. 

(2) "Blessed are those who 
mourn" — the sympathetic — an under- 
standing of another's sorrow and suf- 
fering. 

(3) "Blessed are the meek" — 
serving others. 

(4) "Blessed are the merciful" — 
the loving — love is the greatest thing 
in the world. 

(5) "Blessed are the pure in 
heart" — the sincere. 

(6) "Blessed are the peace- 
makers" — those who put themselves 
in the other fellow's shoes. 

With Jesus, the inner attitude is 
more important than the outer act. 
He didn't pretend this was easy. He 
calls it a hard way and a narrow 
gate. But, if we diligently seek and 
obey His will for our lives, He has 
promised that someday we will enter 
into new lives of peace and joy. 
— ^Canton, Ohio 



PAGE EIGHT 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



Program 
Planning 
Section 



Devotions for February 



PRAYER 
REMINDERS 

Let us thank God; 

For His grace which has 
saved us from sin and for the 
privilege of serving Him. 

For His plan for our individ- 
ual lives which makes life worth 
while and for revealing the plan 
to us through His Holy Word. 

That we dared to ask God 
for great things, for He has 
answered our prayers. 

For His continued blessings 
upon our missionaries and for 
the fine reports of souls being 
won into His kingdom. 

That the members of the 
Brethren Church have caught 
the vision of a greater Home 
Mission program and for the 
new churches being started. 

Let us ask God: 

For His blessing on the new 
Unified Publication that it may 
be a great blessing to the 
church. 

To direct our Mission Board 
as it makes decisions and estab- 
lishes policies. 

To give us more dependence 
on prayer this year, and a 
greater reliance upon the prom- 
ises in His Holy Word. 

For a complete submission to 
the will of God in our mission 
work as well as in the work of 
our local societies. 

For a deeper understanding 
of His will for our lives as we 
"Venture with Christ." 



A PRAYER 

Oh! that I would ever be 

As true to Thee 

As Thou to me. 
Oh! that I would ever say 

Have Thine own way 

With me today. 



BIBLE READING 

THE BOUNTY was a British ship 
which set sail from England in 
1787, bound for the South Seas. The 
idea was that those on board would 
spend some time among the islands, 
transplanting food-bearing trees, and 
doing otlier things to make some of 
the islands more habitable. After ten 
months of voyage, the Bounty ar- 
rived safely at its destination, and 
for six months officers and crew gave 
themselves to the duties placed upon 
them by their government. 

When the special task was com- 
pleted, and the order came to embark 
again, the sailors rebelled. They had 
formed strong attachments for the 
native girls, and the climate and ease 
of South Sea island life was much to 
their liking. The result was mutiny, 
and the sailors placed Captain Bligh 
and a few loyal men adrift in an 
open boat. Captain Bligh, in almost 
miraculous fashion, survived the or- 
deal, was rescued, and eventually ar- 
rived home in London to tell his 
story. An expedition was launched to 
punish the mutineers, and in due time 
fourteen of them were captured and 
paid the penalty under British law. 

But nine of the men had gone to 
a distant island where they formed 
a colony. Perhaps there never has 
been a more degraded social life than 
that of this colony. They learned to 
distill whiskey from a native plant, 
and whiskey, as usual, was their ruin. 
Disease and murder took the lives of 
all the native men and all but one 
of the white men, Alexander Smith 
by name. He found himself the only 
man on an island, surrounded by a 
crowd of women and half-breed chil- 
dren. And then occurred something 
unexplainable from the human view- 
point. Alexander Smith found a Bi- 
ble among the possessions of a dead 
sailor. The Book was new to him, 
and he read it, and believed it and 
began to live it. He wanted others 
to share in the benefits of this book, 
so he gathered the women and chil- 
dren around him to read to them and 
to teach them. 

So far as the record goes, it was 
twenty years before a ship touched 



the island, and when it did a minia- 
ture Utopia was found. The people i 
were living in decency, prosperity, ' 
and peace. There was nothing of 
crime, disease, insanity, illiteracy, or 
drunkenness. How was it accomp- 
lished ? By the reading and acceptance 
of the Bible! 

The Bible and only the Bible can 
do what needs to be done for our 
nation in this threatening hour. This 
may sound too simple for some peo- 
ple, for they are looking for the com- 
plex and the complicated. As W. M. 
S. women we know and believe the 
promises contained in His Word and 
it is our privilege to read it daily. 

Haven't you received a blessing 
from reading through the Bible with 
the other women of the church ? Our 
goal for this year is: "Sixty percent 
of the members reading the Bible 
daily or reading Joshua through II 
Chronicles and Romans through II 
Corinthians or the equivalent of a 
chapter a day." Let's make this goal 
one that is reached by 100 percent of 
our societies. 

To enrich your devotional life read 
Strictly Personal by Eugenia Price. 
Miss Price describes this book as 
"The adventure of discovering what 
God is really like." 

HIS VOICE 

I have heard His voice in the morning. 

At the rising of the sun. 

When the first faint blush of the 

dawning 
Tells of a new day just begun. 

I have heard His voice at the noonday. 
In the midst of work and care. 
In the midst of noise and confusion: 
He has spoken to me there. 

I have heard His voice in the evening. 
At the closing of the day, 
When so tired and weary and lonely, 
I have knelt alone — to pray. 

Countless times I've heard His sweet 
whisper. 

Felt the strength He doth impart. 

In the morning, noontime and even- 
ing. 

He has spoken to my heart. 



JANUARY 14, 1961 



PAGE NINE 



Program 
Planning 
Section 



Let us take this National Conference 
To the hallowed place of prayer. 
Let us thank God for His goodness, 
For His constant, loving care. 
Let us ask Him to inspire us, 
Our needs to Him confess; 
May His Holy Spirit guide us 
To pray that He will bless 
Our thoughts, our work, our every 

deed, 
Our all of life's affairs — 
In the holy name of Jesus, 
May we bow our heads in prayer. 

"The world is filled with hate," I 
once heard someone say. I, too, 
thought that this must be true, until 
I looked into the eyes of one who 
cared for my soul — and I saw not 
hate, but the love of God. And my 
eyes were opened; I took love — and 
hate fled from me. 

Soon I met one who felt that the 
world was sad; and I said, "Do not 
be sad, take love and be joyful," and 
I found joy. 

Then there are those who would de- 
stroy our world with war and rumors 
of war; but love and joy and I were 
unafraid, for, as we went forth to 
seek peace, we took with us the pre- 
cious promise of Jesus, who said, 
"Peace I leave with you, my peace 
I give unto you: not as the world 
giveth, give I unto you. Let not your 
heart be troubled, neither let it be 
afraid" (John 14:27). 

And God opened my eyes and I 
found peace in the form of a tiny 
Babe, nestling contentedly in His 
mother's arms. 

And I saw God's great plan of 
salvation — The Prince of Peace. 
Throughout my journey, in the dark- 
est, most undesirable places, I found 
the peacemakers, giving light to 
them that sat in darkness, in the 
shadow of death, guiding their feet 
into the way of peace. 

Not only have I heard of hate, and 
war and rumors of war, but I have 
actually heard some people say that 
the whole world is evil and ugly and 
sordid, but I know that this cannot 
be true, for in my search for all the 
fruits of God's Spirit, I found long- 
suifering in the yielded soul of a para- 
lytic, whose patient spirit had been 



EYES THAT SEE 

Mrs. Roxie Stahl 



born out of the gruesome conflict of 
World War II. 

In many places, patience wore sil- 
vered hair, whitened by the discipline 
of time. But one day, I was delighted 
to find patience in a young mothei- 
who gently cai'ed for the increasing 
demands of her retarded child. 

In prisons and hospitals, orphan- 
ages and mental institutions; in the 
midst of trial, affliction, loneliness 
and torment, I saw the gentleness, 
and the goodness, and the meekness 
of Jesus, ministering to all who were 
in need. 

And I gave thanks unto God for 
His unspeakable Gift. 

Then, one day I became a victim 
of that malignant malady called fear. 
I became afraid that I would never 
find for myself, all the fruits of God's 
Holy Spirit. Afraid that my right- 
eousness would never exceed the 
righteousness of the Scribes and 
Pharisees. I was afraid of my own 
intemperance. 

In my search, I turned to His Holy 
Word; and I began to study to show 
myself approved unto God, a workman 
that needeth not to be ashamed, right- 
ly dividing the word of truth (II Tim- 
othy 2:15). And my eyes were opened 
to His will, as I read: 

"For God hath not given us the 
spirit of fear; but of power, and of 
love, and of a sound mind" (II Tim- 
othy 1:7). 

"Trust in the Lord with all thine 
heart; and lean not unto thine own 
understanding. In all thy ways ac- 
knowledge Him, and He shall direct 
thy path" (Proverbs 3:5, 6). 

"Every man that striveth for the 
mastery is temperate in all things" 
(I Corinthians 9:25a). 

"The Lord knoweth how to deliver 
the Godly out of temptations" (II 
Peter 2:9a). 

"For we through the Spirit wait 
for the hope of righteousness by 
faith" (Galatians 5:5). 

"For ye are all the children of God 
by faith in Christ Jesus." 



— And my eyes were opened, and 
I saw that my own intemperance was 
my lack of faith in Jesus Christ. 

— And I saw all the fruits of the 
Spirit of Almighty God revealed for 
all to find in the power of His Holy 
Word. 

— And I saw that my journey was 
ended, for I was no longer faithless, 
but believing. 

How good it is to believe in a God 
whose healing power is Love. A God 
who delights in bringing Joy and 
happiness to His children. In a God 
who sends the good tidings of the 
gospel of Peace to the lost and dy- 
ing: to all who desire His perfection. 
Is there anything more precious than 
that sweet Peace, the gift of God's 
love ? If there is, then it must be His 
longsuffering, patient Spirit toward 
us. His imperfect children! 

So, then, let us praise His great- 
ness with our lives! For He is a 
Gentle God, a Good God, a God of 
Temperance. 

Then let us thank Him for His 
Meek and quiet Spirit that allowed 
the Person of Jesus Christ to be 
nailed on a cross and hung between 
earth and heaven for all to see. 

Great is the Faithfulness of Christ 
the Witness! Someday, He will come 
again for all whose eyes have been 
opened and whose hearts are filled 
with the fruits of His Spirit. 

"Behold, He cometh with clouds; 
and every eye shall see Him" (Reve- 
lation 1:7a). 

V/ill you be ready to see Jesus 
when He comes ? 



At the 1960 National Conference 
the devotions for the Woman's Mis- 
sionary Society sessions were pre- 
sented each day by Mrs. Roxie Stahl 
of Huntington, Indiana. The program 
theme was "A Sense of God" and 
each day Mrs. Stahl centered her de- 
votions around one of the senses. They 
were so interesting that we wish to 
share them with all the women of 
the Brethren Church. 

The Editor. 



PAGE TEN 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



Program 
Planning 
Section 



Stewardship As a 



WHEN ONE SAYS, "STEW- 
ARDSHIP" there is mucli 
more implied tlian the mere giv- 
ing of money. If we read God's 
Word aright we find that Jesus 
is very explicit in His exposition 
of this very point. We find Him 
saying, as recorded in Matthew 
22:21, "Render unto Caesar the 
things that are Caesar's ; and un- 
to God the things that are 
God's." Our problem in this ar- 
ticle is to try to determine what 
principles to lay down that will 
tell the difference between that 
which belongs to Caesar and 
that which God has a right to 
claim. 

In the book, It Is To Share. 
(Irwin G. Paulsen) upon which 
this month's devotional study 
is based, we find these words in 
the introduction: "Tlie most in- 
sistent peril of the life of the 
spirit of today is the engross- 
ment in the possession of things. 
It is being slowly stifled by a 
society bent on the accumula- 
tion of things. Our society has 
become an industrial society and 
is largely in the grip of an eco- 
nomic egotism that is the exact 
opposite of the spirit we find in 
Jesus. Individuals live in this so- 
ciety and become in turn domi- 
nated by its acquisitive spirit. 
The two are unalterably inter- 
woven. The church must deal 
with both." 

The author goes on then in 
the opening paragraph of the 



first chapter to ask some very 
thought - provoking questions 
which I want to pass on to you. 
"Does the church need to re- 
think stewardship? What is 
stewardship's relation to the 
personal life? What to the 
church itself? What do we really 
wish stewardship cultivation 
and education to achieve? What 
methods will work today? Is 
there necessarily any relation- 
ship between a church's attitude 
toward material things and the 
tone of its spiritual life?" 

Let us go into some of these 
questions and try and see if they 
in any way have anything to do 
with our own individual lives. 

Do we really need to re-think 
stewardship in our own socie- 
ties ? Have we really gone so far 
astray in our attitudes that we 
need to begin at the very bot- 
tom again and build up an en- 
tirely new structure? Have we 
gotten so far away from the 
principles that were laid down 
by our Savior that we must 
travel the backward path and 
find again the trail that was laid 
out for us by the great Surveyor 
of Life? 

These questions and many 
others that we might ask our- 
selves, bring us squarely to the 
problem that is facing the 
church and her auxiliaries to- 
day. May we attempt to answer 
this question by saying that in 
many cases it is not a necessity 



of re-thinking stewardship, but 
rather it is necessary for us 
merely to begin thinking stew- 
ardship. That which the Lord 
has already planned does not 
need to be re-vamped, but rath- 
er appropriated to our lives and 
made a part of our very beings. 
Again we meet the question, 
"What is stewardship's relation 
to the personal life?" With re- 
gard to this thought we would 
say that if stewardship is not 
a personal-life question it is no 
question at all. What steward- 
ship ultimately becomes depends, 
not on the masses by any means, 
but on individual attitudes. In 
the matter of stewardship I am 
the last word with reference to 
my personal attitude. No one 
can speak for me. I must make 
my own statements and draw 
my own conclusions. I can do 
this by remembering that I am 
to render unto God the things 
that are God's. I am called up- 
on to remember that I am not 
"my own." That my relation to 
God is a personal thing. He 
judges me by MY actions and 
not by the actions of others. 
What I genuinely render is ren- 
dered because of my personal 
convictions. That there is a very 
definite relationship between the 
idea of definite stewardship and 
my personal life there can be 
no doubt. And we should re- 
member that in whatever atti- 
tude the Lord finds us when He 



JANUARY 14, 1961 



PAGE ELEVEN 



Life Principle 



This article was reprinted 
from the WOMAN'S OUTLOOK, 
February 1934. ^ 



calls for an accounting, He will 
judge us. 

But what has this to do with 
the next question about the 
church? It read, "What is stew- 
ardship's relation to the church 
itself?" I am taking it for 
granted that we are talking 
about both the visible and the 
invisible church. That the 
church as a whole is in the fi- 
nancial straights that it is to- 
day can be attributed to the re- 
lationship that the membership 
of the church bears to the ideals 
of stewardship. 

May I call your attention to 
the thought that is bound up in 
the words of Jesus in that text 
that we referred to in the begin- 
ning of this article? The word 
which is used in the original 
Greek in this connection has 
nothing to do with our com- 
monly-used word "give." It car- 
ries a very much more decisive 
weight in that it has such a 
meaning as, "to pay; to deliver 
up; to restore; to recompense." 
Now let us read, "PAY unto 
God the things that are God's." 
[n other words we are liable to 
God for the debt that we owe 
Him. When the church as a 
whole catches the vision of its 
relation to God and its indebt- 
adness to Him, then and then 
only will the church go forward 
in the way it should go. 

When we turn to the question, 
"What do we really wish stew- 



ardship cultivation and educa- 
tion to achieve?" we can an- 
swer it with one word — RE- 
SULTS. In other words, in the 
language of one of Dicken's 
characters, when "we learn to 
spell 'wash winders' we goes 
and washes 'em!" When we 
learn what stewardship really 
means it is incumbent upon us 
that we "practice our lesson." 

Now, "What methods will 
work?" It is self-evident that 
there is but one method to work 
and that is the method which 
God in His All-Wisdom has set 
forth in His Word. "The silver 
and the gold are mine — pay un- 
to me my tithe." To God it is 
"my tithe of self, service and 
substance." There can be no 
other plan that will take the 
place of this which God has 
given. When, in a moment of 
weakness, I find myself saying, 
"This is mine," I am forced to 
remember that one richer than 
I said, "My barns; my goods; 



my grain." But God said, "Thou 
FOOL." 

And last, "Is there a relation- 
ship between a church's attitude 
toward material things and the 
tone of its spiritual life?" Em- 
phatically YES. If the material 
takes a material trend, then the 
spiritual will become material. 
But if the material gives place 
to spiritual interpretation then 
the spiritual will be spiritual in- 
deed. There are two things that 
we will do well to remember. In 
the early church the offerings 
were clearly "first things", and 
they were "proportionate." 
"First things" that are "pro- 
portionately" given will come 
from hearts that are spiritually 
joined with the Master. 

Let me quote from the writ- 
ings of Harvey Reeves Calkins 
as I close, "The quality and 
courtesy of one's offering are de- 
termined by God, for thus only 
can his unquestioned authority 
be acknowledged." 



TEN CENTS 

I am only a dime, ten cents; 
I am not on speaking terms with 

the butcher; 
I am too small to buy a pint of 

ice cream; 
I am not large enough to pur- 



chase a box of candy ; 

I cannot be exchanged for a gal- 
lon of gasoline; 

I am hardly fit for a tip, but be- 
lieve me, when 

I go to church, I am considered 
SOME MONEY. 



Read "Money Talks" on next page 



PAGE TWELVE THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 

Program 
Planning 
Section 

"MONEY TALKS" 



THE DISAPPOINTED DOLLARS 

I wanted to go to China, but a little girl spent me for ice cream 
and candy. 

I wanted to help preach the Gospel in Africa, but a young man spent 
me on the movies. 

I wanted to go to Moslem lands to tell of Christ, but a little boy spent 
me for popcorn and chewing gum. 

I was planning to help the ignorant women in India, but a lady 
spent me to go to the theater. 

A little girl gave me for missions, but the Church Board borrowed 
me for Current Expenses — and didn't pay me back. 

I wanted to help build a chapel in the Philippines, but a deacon 
spent me for cigars. 

An elder had me, and I wanted to go to Japan, but the elder said, 
"A quarter is enough," and put me in his stuffy old pocketbook. 

We are so disappointed! We wanted to do some good in the world. 
We are heartbroken because we can't go. Won't you people who love 
the Lord and love those for whom Christ died be sure next time to put 
us in the offering, so we can help tell of Jesus all over the world ? 



THE HAPPY, JOYOUS DOLLARS 

I'm going to buy twenty New Testaments for China. 

I'm going across the ocean to support a student in a mission school 
one week in India. 

I am going to the Philippines to help print Christian literature. 

I'm on my way to Japan to help run a Christian kindergarten. 

I will supply Christian books for ten pupils in a day school in India. 

I will support a native evangelist for a week in Africa. 

I will pay the rent of a chapel for two weeks in South America. 

I will give the Mohammedans two-thousand one-leaf tracts in Mos- 
lem lands. 

I will support a boy in an orphanage for twenty-four days in India. 

We are all so happy! We don't know what to do! The boys and 
girls who had us gave us so gladly that it warmed our hearts. They 
said, "Goodbye, God bless you." Some of the people prayed about giving 
us to missions, and one man, after he prayed, gave one-hundred dollars 
instead of one. 



JANUARY 14, 1961 



PAGE THIRTEEN 



Program 
Planning 
Section 



Seven 'TY for a W. M. S. 

Devotional Meeting 



PURPOSE 



Mrs. Henry Bates 



FROM TIME TO TIME members of 
different W. M. S. groups have 
expressed the wish that their monthly 
meetings might be more inspirational 
and more interesting. Women meet 
regularly, using the suggested and 
prepared programs from the Outlook, 
they strive to reach both district and 
national goals, and love it. Yet in 
many instances something is lacking. 
What is it ? Many are ready to 
"Venture with Christ" but are asking 
for helps and suggestions. It is with 
this thought in mind that the editor 
of the Outlook requested this series 
of articles. The overall theme of 
these articles will be "Seven P's for a 
W. M. S. Devotional Meeting," and 
will include suggestions touching up- 
on these seven P's — Purpose, Pro- 
gram, Publicity, Plan, Preparation, 
Prayer and Participation. In this 
present article we will seek to call 
to mind the very important ques- 
tion, "What is the purpose of the 
W. M. S. and the W. M. S. meeting?" 

We might first ask the question, 
"What is the purpose of the church?" 
Let us turn to the Bible and learn 
why Jesus came. Matthew 18:10 tells 
us that "the Son of man is come to 
seek and to save that which was 
lost." Do you realize that each Chris- 
tian is an ambassador of Jesus Christ 
and that this verse from Matthew is 
also our goal? Someone has said that 
the church is "a hospital for sin- 
ners." We also learn from the Bible 
that we are, upon our confession of 
faith, like babies — we feed upon milk. 
But daily as we walk with the Lord 
and with fellow Christians; as we 
pray and as we read God's Word, we 
grow and our souls take on meat. 
Have you grown spiritually since you 
first believed? 

It is through our united giving that 
our present missionaries can lead 
men and women, boys and girls to 
Jesus Christ — those who otherwise 
live in constant fear of evil spirits, 
those who otherwise kill the body and 



steal that which is not rightfully 
theirs, tliose who are now lost and 
bound for an eternity in hell. Have 
we remembered each month as we 
meet with other women that we are 
no different from the pagan African 
except for Jesus Christ ? Has this 
message penetrated so vividly and 
deeply within our very beings that we 
can do NOTHING else but give of 
our money until it hurts, that we 
must give all of our time in service 
for the Lord, and that we cannot 
live at all without the Lord ? Certain- 
ly it is ours to seek and to save those 
which are lost. 

Our purpose as W. M. S. women is 
also to grow in stature and in wis- 
dom. Within the church are women 
who have accepted Jesus Christ, but 
for one reason or another would like 
to learn more about the Bible and 
what its message means to them. 
There is also the desire to be more 
like the Master and to live each day 
in such a way that others can see 
that this is so. Few people will tell 
another unless they are asked. Even 
then the answers or conversations are 
all too often vague. Our Bible study 
each month should be a help in this 
respect. The Bible is sometliing that 
should never be left out of a meeting. 
It should never be considered as a 
"necessary evil." We trust you are 
not one prone to read the Bible, give 
a long, loud sigh and then, almost 
with relief feel that "now we can 
proceed with the business." 

As you read the Bible, remember 
that this is God's means of talking 
to you. His followers have talked 
with God and their conversation is 
written in the Bible. Many nations 
overcame the Israelites because God's 
chosen people forgot God and this is 
just as true in our day. Thus we find 
direction and prophecy. Once after 
reading Acts and some books written 
by Paul, I turned to my husband and 
said that there is so much instruction 
for us that it is hard to remember 



all of them, let alone do them. This 
can be realized anew as the Bible 
study is presented. 

Are your W. M. S. meetings dull 
and uninteresting ? Are they mission- 
ary meetings with a missionary pur- 
pose ? Do all members participate or 
are there only a certain few who 
will do any of the work, only a few 
to attend the rallies and conferences ? 
Are there women in your society who 
will not read the Bible, for instance, 
because they get butterflies in their 
stomach ? Are there women who will 
not pray, saying they stutter or say- 
ing that their minds are blank and 
they do not know what to say ? Others 
may i-espond with tlie thought that 
they do not know anything about the 
subject. Others may come close to 
saying, "Here, read it for yourself." 
Few societies are free of these ex- 
cuses. 

Perhaps one reason this is true "is 
that the first purpose of the W. M. S. 
has been forgotten. Another reason 
may be that others seem to have a 
special gift for the W. M. S. and 
strangely enough cause others to re- 
fuse to participate. However, many 
women fail to realize that another 
purpose of the Missionary Society is 
to make use of dormant talents. You 
will find this in our constitution. How 
many of you have read the constitu- 
tion? Perhaps you at one time said, 
"I can't," and really believed in your 
heart that you couldn't. Then one day 
you decided that you would at least 
try. It really was not as bad as at 
first thought, now was it? 

My first experience as a W. M. S. 
woman found me shaking in my shoes 
just because the women were enter- 
ing a circle of prayer. Today, prayer 
is just as necessary as dinner. This 
story can be repeated as you speak 
with other women. In other articles 
we wish to present some suggestions 
as to how these "fears and trem- 
blings" can be overcome. All of us 
need to grow. There are talents in 



PAGE FOURTEEN 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



each of us that are hidden. We may 
not even know we have them, but 
God knows. He does not expect per- 
fection but He does expect us to 
trust Him, to put our hand in His for 
strength and guidance. Otherwise our 
talents will be taken away from us. 
Our dormant talents will remain as 
such unless we say, "I'll try." 

Why do you attend W. M. S. meet- 
ings ? To meet a goal ? Yes, but that 
is not all. To eat ? Yes, for our 
friendships grow. However this should 
not be the supreme reason. To gossip 
about other people or to present our 
newest dress ? Yes, IF you want the 
monthly meetings to die. To learn ? 
We hope so. First of all to learn to 
pray. A Sisterhood girl once prayed, 
"Dear Lord, help us to realize that 



we are not here to play but that we 
are here to learn about Thee." 

Your prayer life in W. M. S. may 
often mean the opening or closing of 
the church prayer meeting on Wed- 
nesday night. Also to learn to prepare 
a devotional program. Except for the 
W. M. S. meetings many women would 
never learn what constitutes a de- 
votional meeting. We also learn to 
sing. Some surpi-ising voices and com- 
binations have arisen from a group 
meeting. We learn to read the Bible 
— to hear our own voices. It is one 
thing to read a book silently but 
another thing to read the same book 
aloud to another person. This is dis- 
covered as we read the Bible. This, 
too, will be touched upon in other 
articles. 



Few have been trained in bookkeep- 
ing, but you can learn to take care 
of finances in the W. M. S. Are you 
experienced in conducting a business 
meeting? This, too, can be developed. 
The results are sometimes surprising. 
We find women better prepared to 
help with Daily Vacation Bible 
Schools, to help as a Youth Advisor 
in Sisterhood and B. Y. C, the whole 
church program is better understood 
and strengthened, the needs of mis- 
sionaries are known and there is 
greater concern for their work, each 
minister and the need of ministers is 
given greater concern and last but 
not least your own knowledge of 
God's Word and your faith has been 
strengthened. 

Vinco, Pa. 



S. M. M. 



Pointers from the Patroness 



Dear Sisterhood Girls, 

Once more we come to the begin- 
ning of a New Year and I am so 
happy to be able to bring you greet- 
ings and good wishes for 1961. May 
it be the best year that you have 
had for a long, long time. There are 
many blessings that all of us take 
for granted each day and we seldom 
think seriously and gratefully about 
them. One is the printed page that 
carries our ideas and thought to 
places whei'e we ourselves could nev- 
er go in person. 

The printing press was one of the 
greatest inventions of the 15th cen- 
tury. Copying books by hand was a 
long, tedious job and it took many 
years to make an author's thoughts 
available for others. It was expensive, 
too. John Gutenberg, of Germany, 
solved the problem when he figured 
out how to make movable type and 
then print from it. God's Holy Word 
was the first book he printed and 
since then millions of copies have 
come off the press. Through the 
American Bible Society, the Gideons, 
and other groups, His Word has gone 
into hundreds of languages and dia- 
lects, and has been taken to the ends 
of the earth. Our missionaries have 
faithfully made translations, taught 
them at the mission stations and ex- 
plained them irt the humble huts of 
the natives. Surely we can praise God 



for the printed page that has made 
all this possible. 

When we think of the blessings of 
printing, I am reminded that you 
girls can in this way share your ex- 
periences with other girls all over 
the United States. Your National Gen- 
eral Secretary, Carol Porte, has of- 
ten asked you to send in accounts 
of what you have done or ideas that 
might help someone else. It is al- 
ways nice to share with each other. 
Did you have a visitation campaign 
with a kick-off party in the Fall, and 
was it a success? Why not tell us 
about it? Have you any clever ideas 
about special parties, benevolent work 
or the mission study service ? 
Through the printed page your ideas 
can multiply, so let's do our part. 

Our mission study book last year 
for the seniors was Through Gates of 
Splendor and we all learned about the 
five missionaries who were murdered 
by the Auca Indians. It was a very 
exciting and heart-breaking story. Yet 
it held our interest to the very end. 
This year our mission study book for 
the seniors is Dayuma by Ethel Wal- 
lis. This is the story of the Indian 
girl who was converted and baptized 
and has now taken Betty Elliot into 
the Auca tribe. God is working in a 
marvelous way His wonders to per- 
form! We have been able to hear all 
these stories because of the printed 



page. So we thank God for tlie one 
who wrote the stories and for the 
printers who have printed them for 
us. They can travel to the ends of 
the earth. 

Another year is before us — 1961. 
What a challenge it brings to us! As 
we start our Sisterhood work this 
year let us thank God for printing 
in our school books, in papers and 
magazines and in God's Holy Word. 
The Bible is God's love letter to us 
and we should be anxious to read it 
daily. How wonderful that it has been 
made available for everyone, regard- ! 
less of race or age, whether rich or ! 
poor, with no respect for religions \ 
Or creeds. Let us read the Word of j 
God and then learn it and hide it 
away in our hearts. Our memory 
work for this year is Isaiah 40:1-8, a 
precious jewel from the Old Testa- 
ment. Our Bible reading for the year 
is taken from Job, Ecclesiastes and 
James for the Seniors and Hebrews 
through III John for the Juniors. I 
have read the Junior mission study 
book Pearls Are Made by Ann Har- 
rison and know that you will enjoy 
it very much. 

May God use each one of you girls 
this year in daily service for Him. 
There is much to be done here in 
America and we know that the fields 
are white to the harvest. Workers are 
so needed and perhaps many of you 
can prepare for the great tasks 
ahead. He will guide you and show 
you His will if you will ask for His 
best for you. 

Most Sincerely, 
Mrs. Milton Bowman 



ANUARY 14, 1961 



PAGE FIFTEEN 



rhe 

iYoman's 

Corner 



by 

Helen 

Jordan 



LEARNING HOW TO FORGET 

A PERSON with a good memory 

^^ is considered fortunate, and yet 
aemory in some cases can be too 
rood. Learning how to forget is some- 
imes more important than being able 
o remember. 
When a memory specialist informed 

i Greek philosopher that he could 
ieach him to remember, the wise man 

;;aid, "Thank you, but I am looking 
or someone who can teach me how 
forget." It does take a good mind 
o remember, but it takes a better 
me to forget. 

The one fault with a good memory 
s that sometimes it is too good. If 
t is used too much in remembering 
vhat ought to be forgotten, that is 

ivhen it is too good. 

Oliver Wendell Holmes reminds us 
hat, "Memory is a ci'azy witch that 
;reasures bits of J-ags and straw and 
hrows her jewels out the window." 
k friend of mine tells me that he 
las a poor memory for things he 
should remember and a good one for 
;hings he should forget. I suppose 
the answer is that it is easy to take 
the good things for granted and for- 



get them, but to remember keenly the 
unpleasant experiences. Doubtless 
most of us need to do a lot of solid 
forgetting. 

What about the person who has 
slighted us or said something to hurt 
our feelings? Shall we always re- 
member what has been done or said, 
so it can keep on hurting us, or shall 
we throw it out the window, forget 
all about it, so we can be free and 
happy again? We hurt only oui'selves 
by remembering the unpleasant things 
we run into. 

For example, do we still remember 
our disappointments? We all have 
them, don't forget! But to remember 
them and brood over them only adds 
more weight to our load as we go 
on through the years. And when we 
make a social blunder, or do some- 
thing embarrassing, what do we do 
about it? Do we keep on thinking 
about it, so it can continue to tor- 
ment us, when everyone else has for- 
gotten it or probably didn't notice it 
in the first place? 

I am sure all of us can think of 
many things that ought to be for- 
gotten. Take our failures for ex- 
ample. Few persons have ever 
achieved much in any field who didn't 
fail many times before. But instead 
of remembering their failures and 
lamenting them, they forgot them, 
except for the one use of making 
them a guide to something better. 

On the other hand, the most im- 
portant kind of forgetting is forget- 



ting our success. Living in memory 
of some big past success may close 
the future against further victories. 
We have all heard of the one-speech 
statesman, the one-sermon preacher, 
the one-game athlete. I have known 
several persons who failed in the end 
because of one big beginning. They 
could not get over that one success. 

Forgetting the good deeds of the 
past is helpful too. The habit some 
of us have of telling all about the 
good things we have done can have 
a bad effect on others and hurt our 
influence with them. Talking too 
much about the good things we have 
already done in the past can become 
an excuse for not doing much in the 
present. Many of the soured and un- 
pleasant people we meet are the peo- 
ple who remember too well all the 
good things they "used to do". 

Then we can forget the unkind re- 
marks we may hear about someone 
else, or do we repeat them ? Gossip 
would completely die out if only ev- 
eiy one of us could learn how to 
forget! 

And what of the unclean stories 
we sometimes have to listen to ? If 
such stories were literally forgotten 
by all who hear them, there would 
soon be no one left to repeat them, 
and they would die a natural death. 

So it may be that the good mem- 
ory is not always the best thing to 
have; it depends on what is remem- 
bered. — selected. 



A MEETING 

(Continued from page 6) 
Missionaries. She described her in- 
terest in the things she had in com- 
mon with the African women: the 
food, the clothing, the homes, the 
babies. It seemed almost a miracle 
that with all the differences she was 
describing she still could establish 
any common meeting point. Yet one 
could sense that there is a very large 
common area. After all, human beings 
seem to have much in common no 
matter where or how they live. We 
like to eat, we are proud of our ap- 
pearance, our clothing, our homes and 
possessions; we love our children and 
worry about them. We seek a god or 
gods we can worship. 

That public program ended with the 
"natives" allowing the Americans to 
inspect their garb and the African 
curios on display. And the Ameri- 



cans crowded around just as eagerly 
and showed just as much curiosity as 
any African has done when a stranger 
appeared in his town. People are 
pretty much the same the world over. 

Just what did the Brethren learn 
that afternoon ? The need for mission- 
aries? We've known that. The need 
for understanding ? We've known that. 
Then what? 

Really, we didn't learn anything 
new. We just gained a little bit of 
the feel of what we've known with 
our minds all along. We felt with 
our hearts what it was like to try 
to reach across the obvious differences 
in the outside appearance and to 
touch another person's mind, not 
physically, but mentally, with the 
spirit or the soul, whatever you want 
to call it. And this is just what Jesus 
tried to tell us. With our heads we 
know His instructions, but only when 



we know His wish in our hearts can 
we begin to follow His instructions. 
And then we can see past the me- 
chanics needed to cari-y out His work. 
We can know that the job of provid- 
ing Christian Literature (printed ma- 
terials, Bibles in all languages, Sun- 
day School papers and quarterlies, 
pictures, and books and magazines) 
is important. 

"Whatsoever a man soweth, that 
shall he reap." If we sow only the 
skill of reading, but provide nothing 
for the person to read, we leave him 
vulnerable. If we implant Christian 
ideas but provide no book for study 
and Christian growth, we work an 
injustice. 

This job of writing and printing 
is vital. It is vital in a world newly 
literate and seething with ideas, ideas 
our missionaries have helped to im- 
plant in minds seeking God. 



PAGE SIXTEEN 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



Sunday School Suggestions 

The Sunday School Board of 
The Brethren Church 

by Dick Winfield 



USING HIS WORD 

ONE OF THE MAJOR points of emphases in the 
Brethren Sunday School Standard of Excellence is 
the use of the Bible. Each student of the Sunday school 
is to be encouraged to bring his Bible; the officers and 
teachers are supposed to provide opportunities for the 
use of the Bible in the Sunday school. And yet many 
teachers simply ask the class to hold up their Bibles 
while they are counted, and then they are put down 
and never used again in the class. 

Actually, the important thing is that we are urging 
the use of the Bible. Teachers of classes of pupils at 
least junior age and above should study to find ways 
to use the Bible in class. References can be read in uni- 
son. Cross-references can be looked up and studied 
through discussion and research. Every pupil needs the 
experience of finding passages in the Bible in order to 
become acquainted with the Bible. Every pupil should 
have the opportunity of finding at least one reference 
each Sunday morning with little or no help. 

The lesson text itself offers opportunity for use of 
the Bible. It can be read for example in unison, respon- 
sively, or by various members of the class. Another 
method particularly adaptable for classes of children and 
young people is to read the scripture lesson as a dialogue. 
Certain passages of scripture are very well adapted for 
this. Take for example the second chapter of the Gos- 
pel of John. Choose one individual to read the words 
of I\Iary, another the reply of Jesus, yet another the 
ruler of the feast, etc. See how much more the passage 
will mean to the class when it is read in this fashion; 
the Bible itself becomes a part of the lesson presenta- 
tion. There are other unique ways of presenting the 
lesson text. It only takes a little imagination on the part 
of the teacher to find and use them. 

It should also be stressed that the Bible should be 
used in direct connection with the lesson itself. Many 
teachers use the sword drill, which has its purpose of 
acquainting pupils with the location of books and verses, 
but has little direct connection with the lesson, and often 
very little connection with the meaning of passages — just 
reading for reading's sake. A suggestion here might 
be that instead of having a drill as such, the pupils should 
be encouraged to have their Bibles before them through- 
out the class period. Then as the teacher presents the 
lesson he should periodically have the pupils look up 
related verses in much the same way they would do so 
in a drill. This method has several advantages: it makes 
it necessary for the teacher to find and present related 
verses, which makes him a better teacher; it gives the 
pupils an opportunity to use and become familiar with 
their Bibles; and finally it tends to make the pupil see 
the Bible as a unity rather than as many separate units. 



Finally, do not fail to make some assignments each ■ 
week that will send the pupils to the Bible itself for 
the answers. And this does not mean just giving them 
a passage to read over hurriedly before the next Sun- 
day. Expect something from the pupil. The assignment 
should not be so hard as to kill any initiative the pupils [ 
may have; but neither should it be so easy as to offer i 
no challenge. I am convinced that we must find a meth- ' 
od of getting our pupils into the Word of God for them- | 
selves. Let us encourage pupils to bring and use their ' 
Bibles. 



Lesson 

Comments 
by 




I William H. Anderson 

Topics copvrighreJ by Ihe International Council of Religious Educa 
UsEd by permission 

Les.son for January 22, 1961 

WHO IS JESUS? 
Lesson: John 4:21-30; 39-42 

"WHO IS JESUS?" Men have long argued over the 
answer to this question. The world is eager to admit 
that Jesus was a Master Teacher, a Perfect Example, 
a Noble Character. But how slow men are to confess 
Him as the Divine Saviour. 

Frank S. Mead relates the following story: 

"Once we heard a brilliant college professor 'put 
Jesus in His place.' He made Jesus no more than a 
man — and not a very great man at that. In the opinion 
of the professor Jesus was 'not much of an inspira- 
tion.' He was neatly answered by a young man, who 
said, 'But, professor, Jesus Christ has brought me 
happiness.' There was no answer." 

Our lesson teaches us something about the Person 
of GOD as well as the Person of JESUS. 

I— GOD IS SPIRIT, AND, THEREFORE, MUST BE 
WORSHIPED IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH. "God is 
spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spir- 
it and truth (vs. 24— R.S.V.). 

These words of our Lord give a brief glimpse into the 
Biblical concept of God. In contrast to that which 
flesh and blood, God's being and substance is spirit. Hence 
He cannot be seen with the natural eye. 

Paul says, in II Corinthians 4:18, that "the things 
which are seen are temporal; but the things which are 
not seen are eternal." God cannot be seen for He 
Eternal. Accordingly, God must be worshiped in the 
realm of that which is spirit and that which is truth. 

"God being pure spirit. . .is only to be approached^ 
in that part of our being, which is spirit, — and even 
there, inasmuch as He is pure and holy, with no by- 
ends nor hypocritical regards, but in truth and earnest- 
ness" (Henry Alford). 



ANUARY 14, 1961 



PAGE SEVENTEEN 



In our lesson, Jesus was speaking to a Samaritan 
voman at the well of Sychar. 

The Jew hated the Samaritan, and when he had 
to go from Jerusalem to Galilee he usually took a 
long detour around Samaria, going north in Perea 
and recrossing the Jordan when he came to Galilee. 
It was ridiculous; it was race hatred" (Mead). 

The Master, of course, loved all mankind, regardless 
if race or color. He knew this woman needed His help, 
^nd indeed she did! She held the false concept that 
geographic location was the all-important element in 
k^orshiping God. Listen to her words: 

"Our fathers worshiped in this mountain (Mount 
Gerizim); and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place 
where men ought to worship" (vs. 20). 

Jesus told her that it is more important HOW one 
worships, than WHERE! 

"Religion is not determined or restricted by locality. 
God is universal and He may be worshiped univer- 
sally. . .This passage might almost be called the Magna 
Carta of universal worship" (L. H. Higley). 

11— JESUS IS THE MESSIAH, THE PROMISED 
CHRIST. "The woman said to Him, 'I know that Mes- 
iah is coming (He who is called Christ); when He 
omes. He will show us all things' " (vs. 25 — R.S.V.). 

Jesus "was made flesh, and dwelt among us," said John 
1:14). Men could not see God, but they could see Jesus 
jhrist who was God Incarnate. "And we beheld His 
jlory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father." 

The Samaritan woman was convinced of Christ's true 
dentity because, in her own words, He "told me all 
hings that ever I did" (vs. 29). Men everywhere would 
>e fully convinced that Jesus is the Christ if only they 
)ermitted Him to demonstrate His power in their lives! 

The Samaritan people of Sychar were also convinced 
if the Messiahship of Jesus when they heard Him speak. 
?hus we read in verse 41: "And many more believed 
lecause of His own words." 

For two days the Master "abode" with the people of 
hat town. What He said and what He did we do not 
mow. But whatever it was, the people said to the woman 
vho met Jesus at the well: "Now we believe, not be- 
:ause of thy sayings: for we have heard Him ourselves, 
md know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour 
if the world" (vs. 42). 

Finally, the greatest proof of the Deity and Messiah- 
;hip of Jesus is in His own words as found in verse 26: 
'Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am He (the 
tiessiah)." 

"Who is Jesus?" The Apostle Paul gives us the answer: 

"The image of the invisible God, the firstborn of 
every creature: For by Him were all things created, 
that are in heaven, and that are in earth... He is be- 
fore all things, and by Him all things consist. And 
He is the head of the body, the church..." (Col. 1:15- 
18). 

Victory is possible because the God of all grace 
s ready to stablish, strengthen, and settle us. 




Vrayer l^'heting 
Stuches 

hj G. J. Qilmer 



"WITH THY SPIRIT FILL ME" 

Lord, possess me now, I pray, 
Make me wholly Thine today; 
Gladly do I own Thy sway. 
With Thy Spirit fill me. 

— Oswald J. Smith 

GOD CALLED BEZALEEL and filled him with the 
Spirit of God for the skilled workmanship on the 
tabernacle (Ex. 31:1-5). To Joshua, God gave the spirit 
of wisdom (Dt. 34:9). The Spirit of the Lord came up- 
on Gideon (Judg. 6:34). Because of his lowly origin, 
Gideon felt keenly the need of God's power (v. 15). The 
Spirit of the Lord came and remained upon the youth- 
ful David (1 Sam. 16:13). Without the Spirit of God 
the leadership of these persons would have failed (v. 14). 

What was the secret of Christ's power as He went 
about doing good (Lu. 3:22; 4:1, 14)? How would you 
account for the power of the primitive church (Acts 
2:4)? Note that the Book of the Acts shows that all 
the members of the church are empowered for respon- 
sibility, although not all had the same function (4:31). 
Whereas only a few persons in the Old Testament had 
the possession of God's Spirit, "all" were filled with 
the Spirit in the Acts (4:8; 6:3, 5; 7:55). It was declared 
in those days that the same Spirit available to them 
is equally for us in our day (2:38, 39). What God prom- 
ises. He will do (Josh. 21:45). He who commands, also 
enables (Eph. 5:18). To become a Christian, one must 
receive the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:9). The promise applies 
to those who meet the conditions of the promise (Acts 
2:38, 39; Eph. 1:13). 

The Christians at Ephesus (Eph. 1:1) were owned by 
the Holy Spirit (v. 13), but they needed and were, 
therefore, commanded to have a greater fulness of the 
Spirit (5:18). This involves the Lordship of the Spirit 
over one's body for His indwelling (1 Cor. 6:19, 20). 
It is the empty vessel that is suitable for being filled 
(2 Kgs. 4:3). 

"Lord, I yield myself to Thee, 
All I am or hope to be 
Now and through eternity. 
With Thy Spirit fill me." 

Those who meet the conditions of the promise and 
consecrate themselves, are to claim the promise (Acts 
2:17, 18, 38, 39). By continued yieldness to the Lord, 
and dependence on the Spirit's fulness, the life of a 
Christian is obtained (Gal. 5:16, 25). The Comforter 
is also our Teacher (Jn. 14:26). Possessed by the Holy 
Spirit we can truly witness for Christ (Acts 1:8). The 
Spirit-possessed are the children of God (Rom. 8:14, 16). 
The Holy Spirit is our Prayer-Helper (v. 26). The Holy 



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Spirit is our might (Eph. 3:16). He is our joy (1 Tliess. 
1:6). He gives us Christian character (Gal. 5:22, 23). 
The gift of the Spirit is for soul winning: 

"Lord, commission me, I pray! 
Souls are dying ev'ry day; 
Help me lead them in Thy way. 
With Thy Spirit fill me." 

We are to pray for the fulness of the Spirit (Lu. 11:13). 

"Thou canst fill me, gracious Spirit, 
Though I cannot tell Thee how; 
But I need Thee, greatly need Thee; 
Gome, O come and fill me now. 

"I am weakness, full of weakness; 

At Thy sacred feet I bow; 

Blest divine, eternal Spirit, 

Fill with pow'r, and fill me now." 

Another prayer for the Spirit has been written by 
Rev. Daniel Iverson: 

"Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me; 
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. 
Break me! Melt me! Mold me! Fill me! 
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me." 




?mr the =y^ | -■ W | = 



ROANOKE, INDIANA, REPORTS 

A special week of Christian activity was conducted at 
the Roanoke Brethren Church, November 14th to 20th. 
Reverend and Mrs. C. A. Stewart were with us for the 
week. Sound Gospel preaching, good singing and a fine 
spirit prevailed throughout the entire week. It was good 
to have the Stewart's return, since as many will recall, 
they served this church for about six weeks prior to the 
present pastorate. It was our first time to work together 
in such a way. 

Our Huntington Brethren were very faithful in at- 
tendance. They gave up both their midweek service and 
the Sunday evening hour in order to attend in Roanoke. 
Brother Stewart had served the Huntington church for 
two weeks last Spring. 

During the week, two confessions were received, one 
a man over 70 years, and a woman sixty. Both were 
baptized and received into fellowship. On Sunday, De- 
cember 18th, we received six more by letter. A family 
of five came to us from Huntington, since they now 
reside here and a lady from the Warsaw church who held 
membership here some years ago, has now returned to 
make her home here. The Pastor holds another letter. 



where a lady returns to her first church, after manj i 
years of absence. She will be received just as soon at j 
she is able to get to services. 

It is encouraging to note progress and renewed in- 
terest. We just need to be more diligent in prayer and 
continually give a good witness to our community and 
denomination as a whole. 

Earl M. Riddle, Pastor 



ROANOKE, INDIANA, MEETING 

It was our privilege to preach for our Roanoke, In-i 
diana church November 13th through 20th in an Evan- 
gelistic effort. This was one of the very few churches 
in Indiana that I had never had the privilege of help-i 
ing in evangelistic meetings. These are faithful and 
loyal people, and they gave their whole-hearted sup- 
port to the services each evening. This was also the first 
time I had ever had the privilege of working with Dr. 
E. M. Riddle. We found him a very delightful, earnest 
and sincere yoke-fellow to work with. We called in many 
homes during the day and gave out invitations to attend 
the services. The Lord blessed us with nice weather and 
the attendance was good. Dr. Claud Studebaker and a 
delegation from the Huntington church came three times 
during the week. While the results were not what we 
had hoped they might be, yet we rejoice in victories 
won in seeing those advanced in years accepting the 
Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour. 

We were royally received and entertained in the home 
of the Riddle's who made us feel at home. They did ev- 
erything possible to make us comfortable. We were also 
entertained in the homes of the members. They certainly 
know how to make one feel w'elcome. Mrs. Stewart and 
I enjoyed the fellowship of the parsonage family and 
the good people of the church. We thank them for their 
wonderful hospitality and the nice offering. 

Rev. and Mrs. Riddle are held in high esteem, not 
only by the membership, but by the entire community. 
They are doing a wonderful work there for the Lord, 
and are giving this fine group a great leadership which 
will bring results in which the Lord will be glorified. 
Our prayer is that the Lord will richly bless this church 
and their pastor and wife in the salvation of many souls. 

C. A. Stewart. 



TEEGARDEN, INDIANA 

On Saturday, October 22nd, a group from our church 
visited the Brethren's Home at Flora, Ind. We presented 
the home with canned fruit and vegetables. A special 
gift was given to each member of the home. Reverend 
Logan conducted a worship service in the afternoon. 

Every one here in the church enjoyed having the Gos- 
pel Team from Ashland, Ohio. They were with us on Sun- 
day, November 13th, and conducted morning and after- 
noon services. A carry-in dinner at noon was enjoyed 
by all. 

Our Pastor baptized seven people, and received them 
into the fellowship of the church in 1960. Also five came 
in by letter. 

Lydia Keck, Sec'y. 



ANUARY 14, 1961 



PAGE NINETEEN 






CARDINAL GUSHING TO GIVE 
NVOCATION AT INAUGURAL 

BOSTON (EP)— Richard Cardinal 
Pushing, Archbisliop of Boston, has 
onfirmed that he will give the inau- 
;ural invocation for President-elect 
ohn F. Kennedy on January 20. 

Following the cardinal's prayer, 
Jen. Kennedy will take his oath on 
,n old family Bible once owned by 
lis grandfather, the late Mayor John 
i'. Fitzgerald of Boston. (This will 
le the first Douay version ever used 
n a Presidential inauguration.) 

si. Z. PRESBYTERIANS WANT 
tECOGNITION OF RED CHINA 

PALMERSTON NORTH, New Zea- 
and (EP)— The People's Republic of 
!!hina should be admitted to the 
Jnited Nations in the interests of 
corld peace, say members of the Gen- 
iral Assembly of the Presbyterian 
)hurch of New Zealand. The present 
ituation is "farcical," according to 
he Rev. O. Robinson, acting convener 
if the Assembly's international af- 
airs committee. "Whether we agree 
nth what the People's Republic of 
^hina says or does is one thing," he 
.dded. "To deny it a place in the 
rorld's meeting house of the United 
>fations is another." 

ffiARLY THREE MILLION 
JOSPELS TO UGANDA 

KAMPALA, Uganda (EP)— More 
han 2,750,000 Gospel portions were 
listi'ibuted in the first 10 months of 
he Million Gospels campaign for Af- 
ica conducted by the British and 
i'oreign Bible Society. 

The Rev. F. J. Bedford, East Af- 
rica Secretary of BFBS said hundreds 
if thousands more of the Scripture 
looklets are on order for further 
)hases of the campaign. 

Emphasizing the need for evangel- 
sm in Africa, Mr. Bedford said the 
'wind of change may have something 
jood and something bad about it. But 
;he Holy Spirit is working, too, and 
ve must be sure that we join in the 
novement of the Spirit." 



MISSIONARIES MURDERED: 
MAY HAVE FALLEN TO 
CANNIBALS 

ELIZABETHVILLE, Katanga (EP) 
— New Zealand Missionary Elton 
George Behrent Knaus, 50, and Ed- 
mund Hodgson, 62, of Blackpool, Eng- 
land, were hacked to death by fierce 
Baluba Tribesmen in North Katanga. 
And since the bodies of these two 
veteran Protestant missionaries can- 
not be found by UN troops, officials 
believed they may have become the 
victims of cannibals. 

Reliable sources reported to UN 
soldiers that the two missionaries 
were attacked with machetes and put 
to death near Mukaya, a small vil- 
lage about 150 miles from Albertville. 

Mr. Knaus' wife and three children 
have gone to Kitwe, Northern Rho- 
desia, to stay wth friends. Mr. Hodg- 
son was a widower. 

MINISTERS FINED; HAD 
POSTED CAMPAIGN 
LITERATURE 

HAMMOND, Ind. (EP)— As a result 
of circulating anti-Catholic literature 
during the 1960 Presidentfal cam- 
paign, two Church of Christ ministers 
have received fines of $25 and costs. 

The Rev. Audrey C. Belue, Jr., of 
Griffith, and George F. Dancer, Jr., 
Hammond, were penalized for break- 
ing a Hammond ordinance which pro- 
hibits posting of literature on parked 
cars. 

They had been arrested on a war- 
rant signed by William F. McMahon, 
Chicago, who said he saw them plac- 
ing the literature on his auto. 

WHAT ABOUT THE LAST 
MESSAGE OF SISTER LUCIA? 

ROME (EP)— The Fatima message, 
third and last part of a statement re- 
portedly revealed by the Virgin Mary 
to Sister Lucia in a pasture in Port- 
ugal 43 years ago, was supposed to 
have been made public to Christen- 
dom by the Pope in 1960. 

The Portuguese maiden (now a 
nun) said the final part of the mes- 



sage on world events which she heard 
from the Virgin Mary would be re- 
vealed in 1960 or earlier. 

Pope John and Catholic authorities, 
reportedly embarrassed by rumoi's 
among laity and some clergy to the 
effect that the final part would reveal 
an imminent cataclysm, were urging 
communicants to put aside any "mor- 
bid" interest in Sister Lucia's "pri- 
vate revelations" and to practice re- 
ligious lives. The last part of Sister 
Lucia's message, they said, may be 
treated as a confidential note to the 
Catholic hierarchy, not to be revealed 
to the public. 

"KENNEDY QUARTERS" DEPICT 
WASHINGTON AS CARDINAL 

WASHINGTON, D. C. (EP)— In an 
elaborate post-election prank, sti'ange 
red-and-silver quarters featuring 
George Washington dressed as a Ro- 
man Catholic cardinal are being cir- 
culated in some parts of the country 
— and there apparently is no law 
against it. 

The coins have been dubbed "Ken- 
nedy quarters" — named for Sen. John 
F. Kennedy, who on January 20 be- 
comes the first Roman Catholic to 
serve as President. 

Mint officials have explained that 
the coins are standard 25-cent pieces 
doctored to disguise Washington as a 
prelate. Some, they said, have been 
dressed up with pieces of red plastic 
tape, while others are merely painted 
with red enamel. 

Although the mint has no evidence 
that the "Kennedy quarters" are be- 
ing produced by any particular group 
or organization, there is some fear 
that the gag might sweep the coun- 
try and botch up the supply of quar- 
ters. 

SOUTH AFRICA GETS 
"GOSPEL FROM HEAVEN" 

CAPETOWN, S. Africa (EP)— The 
Rev. Don Northrup of New York, ex- 
Canadian Air Force Pilot, recently 
dropped 50,000 copies of the Gospel 
of John in the Xhosa language over 
Transkei — one of the largest native 
areas inside South Africa. 

Northrup's operations are supported 
by World Mission, Inc., a two-year-old 
non-sectarian organization with head- 
quarters in Long Beach, Calif. It was 
formed by airmen who saw possibil- 
ities of large-scale and rapid distri- 
bution of Bible Scriptures by air. The 
organization also has work in Mexico. 



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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



l^e Brethren Lai^man 



GREAT MEN OF THE BIBLE 

by H. B. Puterbaugh 

TT IS INTERESTING to note that although all the early 
Christian ministry was to the Jews, God's chosen peo- 
ple, there were those who were not Jews who prayed 
to God. Cornelius was one of them. He was a Roman 
officer next to the governor in power and one of the 
best known men in the entire region. 

It is evident that he knew something about this God 
of the Jews and as God has instilled into all human be- 
ings the desire to worship some kind of a god, he chose 
the real God. 

I think we should think for a minute about the way 
God used to bring about this conversion. Cornelius had 
a vision from God likely because he had been a good 
man. He had helped the poor and iiad prayed faithfully; 
He was told to send to Joppa for one named Simon 
Peter who was to be the chosen vessel used of God to 
receive Cornelius into the Church. 

Now this was very strange to these people, that a 
Jew should have dealings with another than one of his 
own race, but God had prepared Simon Peter for this 
mission. He had revealed to him in a vision that all peo- 
ple, regardless of race or color, had a right to be saved. 
If this great change had not come about through God's 
plan, no one but the Jews today could be saved. 

Oh, that people of the world today would have enough 
of the love of God in their hearts that it would end 



CORNELIUS' 



(Our writer this month is brother H. B. Puterbaugh, 
member of the Tucson, Arizona, Brethren Church. The 
first fifty years of his membership in the Brethren Church 
was spent in our church at Lanark, 111. Still quite ac- 
tive, he at present is a deacon in the church at Tucson 
as well as its treasurer and a teacher in the Sunday 
School.) 



racial strife and bloodshed. Cornelius, being the first 
gentile Christian, started the greatest movement for the 
advancement of Christianity this world has ever seen 
and yet there is so much to be done today. After all 
these years the world is still far from being evangelized 
as it should be. In spite of the most consecrated ef- 
fort on the part of our inissionaries across the world, 
there are forty-five million more non-Christian people 
in the world today than a year ago. 

Are we as laymen doing our utmost to evangelize 
the world ? Are we seeking the lost souls of mankind ? 
"He that winneth souls is wise" Daniel 11:30. 

Show me the Church where souls are being saved and 
I'll show you a Church that is alive with love for sin- 
ners and saints! May the Holy Spirit burden our hearts 
for lost souls is my prayer for our laymen. 



OPERATION "CHRBSTMAS CHEER" 



This article is a bit "POST" 
"current message". F. S. B. 



in Title, but it has a 



ANOTHER YEAR is coming to a close and we are 
into that season which, to me, and I think almost 
everyone else, is the happiest and gayest time. It seems 
as though we never grow too old to grasp the cheer 
and gayety of the Christmas season. No matter how 
tough things are through the year, our troubles and 
burdens just seem to get lighter and our heart beat 
just a little faster. Everyone is shaking hands and wish- 
ing everybody with whom he comes in contact a "Merry 
Christmas". Our wives and children and mothers are 
speaking in hushed tones, and are passing sly winks 
and glances at each other. Lists are being checked, as 
are sizes of clothes. Many strange questions are being 
asked. This is all a part of our American Christmas. 

Yet, with all of it there is just a touch of sadness 
mixed with the gayety. I don't think there is one of 
us who has been blessed with so much that doesn't, per- 
haps just for a moment, think of those who are not 
quite so fortunate as we. We at Third Brethren in Johns- 



George E. Irwin, Pres. Third 
Brethren Laymen, Johnstown, Pa. 

town, Pa., have been practicing a tradition from which 
we receive a lot of joy. We call it "Operation Christ- 
mas Cheer". You no doubt pi-actice a similar operation, 
but for those who don't, here is how it works: 

Requests are made a few weeks before Christmas for 
names of needy, ill or shut-in people from our congrega- 
tion. A chairman is appointed and the names are given 
to that person. The chairman then distributes the names 
to people who request them. It is then that person's 
duty to supply a gift and visit the person or persons' 
name received. The chairman of the committee is the 
only one who knows the names on the list and the donors. 
Believe me, the cheer is not only to the one who is on 
the receiving end. It would surprise you if you have 
never done this, what a joy it can be to you to visit 
with these people. One of the greatest joys I've had in 
my church experience was from the visitation I had 
last year with an elderly lady, who was neither needy 
or sick, but just someone we liked to remember. If she 



JANUARY 14, 1961 



PAGE TWENTY-ONE 



reads this article I hope she remembers that if I passed 
along as much joy to her as she did to me, I'll never 
forget it. This is a fine way to ring in the Christmas 
season. 

But why do we stop there ? When Christmas is passed, 
we drop back into the same old ruts and pick up the same 
old burdens. Now, if this little scheme works for us at 
Christmas, why can't it work all the other 364 days of 
the year? I believe it can. When we start feeling bur- 
dened and let-down, why don't we pick up some fruit 
or cookies, and the church paper, and visit one of these 
people ? I am sure they would enjoy it then as they 
do at Christmas. I know that that little spark of joy 
deep down inside us that was left over from Christ- 
mas would be fanned again into a flame. 



Can you imagine that if each one of us would do this 
in our own church, and if other churches and organiza- 
tions, hearing of it, would follow the example, it would 
resemble a little snowball starting down along a steep 
hill. As it goes and gains momentum it grows bigger 
till at last the whole world is too busy visiting and be- 
ing good neighbors to think about atomic bombs and 
guided missiles, wars and destruction. You, perhaps, 
are thinking this is a wonderful dream and that it can 
never happen. Maybe not, but it's worth a try. You do 
it in your church and we'll do it in ours, and maybe 
we won't set the world on fire, but by helping ourselves 
by helping others, we gain favor in the sight of the 
Lord by doing His work. This is how He meant it to 
be: "Operation Christmas Cheer", 365 days of each year. 



"VENTUmNG WITH CHRIST" 



John Golby, Past Pres. NLO 



"VENTURING WITH CHRIST" is the chosen theme 
of the Brethren Church for 1960-1961. May we add to 
that theme this quotation, "Nothing ventured, nothing 
gained" ? Venture is defined by Webster, "to send on a 
venture — to dare, with the implication of some risk." 
We would have you think that the risk implied here 
is not in the venture or the dare, but in not venturing 
at all, which is indeed a risk. 

James 4:17, "Therefore to him that knoweth to do 
good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin". Progi-ess can 
and will be made by individuals who "Venture with 
Christ", but the larger gains and benefits will be ac- 
complished by the united efl'orts of groups of God's 
people banded together to "Venture with Christ". This 
calls for a concerted, consecrated effort by personal con- 
tact. This may seem rather trite, but as yet there has 
not been found an adequate substitute for personal con- 
tact. This leads to the question, "What has happened 
to the congregations that were expected to maintain 
their growth by an increase in membership of 10% each 
year?" This great question would seem to be applicable 
and proper at this point also, "Do you have an active 
visitation program in your chui'ch?" 

It is not my intention to create a controversy within 
our ranks when one of our greatest needs is for harmony 
among the Brethren. Will you consider "Venturing with 
Christ", through the medium of a visitation program 
by the local congregation? We are confronted with the 
question of just who is the most important as regards 
eternal salvation. The one who has never heard of the 
saving grace of God through His Son Jesus Christ, and 
incidentally the one so easily left out of our plans, yet 
such an integral part of our duty as professing Chris- 
tians, or he who has drifted out of the fold — in other 
woi'ds, the backslider? Or they who are their brothers' 
keeper? The saving of souls who are without Christ 
must be first in our consideration, period. But surely 
we can do both and that acceptable to God. Are we 
doing all that we can or should do about our inactive, 
indifferent local members? If we do not make an eff'ort 
to get them back into the fold, who will? 

"As ye have done it unto the least of these, my breth- 
ren, ye have also done it unto me". Are you doing your 



share as an individual ? Seeing it in print does not al- 
ways necessarily make it so, but a recent survey showed 
that 10% of the Brethren are giving for the other 90%. 
This article pertained to the giving of money, I believe, 
but may I add to that the giving of time, talents and 
substance, and observe that taken in part or as a whole, 
the figure given, is, if anything, high ? This is not orig- 
inal but let us pause and look at the record. Have we 
as Brethren managed throughout tlie years to keep our 
Brethren families Brethren? I use the word "managed" 
advisedly. Actually, we have not. Also we have been 
very lax in the keeping of our membership rolls, rec- 
ords, etc. The fact that this is too true of many other 
denominations does not riiake our fault any less grievous. 

To my mind, an active visitation program would tend 
to make our inactive and indifferent absentees feel that 
we, as their brothers or sisters in Christ, as the case 
may be, are interested and concerned about their spir- 
itual welfare. This would also give those who think tliey 
have but one talent the opportunity to exercise that 
talent, and likely discover too, other talents they did 
not know they possessed. Would not the story of the 
ninety-and-nine apply here? Matthew 18:12-13 and Luke 
15:4-7. It would certainly seem to. And is not the im- 
plication in that particular scripture that it is expected 
of us to look after the sheep, and should they stray from 
the fold, to go out and bring them in ? We do have and 
apply our various talents to material security. Certainly 
we have room for using our loyalty to Christ to care 
adequately for the missionary work at the local level as 
well as fulfilling the great commission. "The Son of 
man is come to seek and to save that which was lost". 

Many of our churches do have active, organized visi- 
tation programs. Many more have individuals who visit 
and make personal contacts, winning many lost souls 
to Christ. This is as it should be, but the lack of growth 
in the Brethren Church indicates that this effort has not 
been and is not now being pursued to its greatest extent. 
We are expected to "Venture with Christ", making our 
theme even more timely for this our day. 

Incidentally, whether you have experienced it before 
or not, you will not only be a blessing but you will re- 
ceive a blessing. Will you join in "Venturing with 
Christ" ? 



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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



Brethren Youth 



THE BRETHREN YOUTH Speech 
Contest theme for 1960-61 is 
closely associated with the total 
Brethren Church theme for the year, 
"Venturing With Christ." 

What do you, as a Brethren young 
person, mean when you say, "Ven- 
turing With Christ — Seek ye First 
the Kingdom" ? Does this mean that 
you are on a quest of your own ? 
What is a venture? Do you seek af- 
ter other things? Consider the scrip- 
tural background for this theme, 
Matthew 6:33: 

"But seek ye first the kingdom of 

God, and his righteousness; and 

all these things shall be added 

unto you." 

This theme suggests action and 
should be a giant spi-ingboard of 
thought for all who enter the Speech 
Contest. 

Perhaps at this point it would be 
profitable for us to look at the pur- 
poses of this Speech Contest. Five 
excellent purposes are as follows: 

(1) TO challenge the thoughts of 
Brethren Youth in the area of each 
year's subject. 

(2) TO encoui-age our youth to 
think seriously and express them- 
selves on subjects pertaining to 
Christian living, the church, and other 
spiritual things. 

(3) TO create an awareness among 
Brethren people of the ability present 
in our youth. < 

(4) TO create more interest in the 
local, district and national program 
of Brethren Youth. 

(5) TO provide a means of assist- 
ing our youth to attend district and 
national conferences and to attend 
Ashland College. 

These worthy purposes have been 
met in the past two years since the 
Contest was begun and their values 
have merited our continuing the Con- 
test. 

This is how the mechanics of the 
Speech Contest operate: 

(1) There is a contest in the local 
church. 

a. Goal No. 4 in our National 
Goals requires at least two 
(2) eligible runners in the 
local church's Senior group 



with 75% of the Junior 
group attending the Con- 
test. 

(2) The local winner progresses to 
the Youth Rally Contest in the dis- 
trict. 

a. Ohio and Indiana have a 
northern and southern con- 
test and then a district race 
while others progress di- 
rectly to a district contest. 

(3) The district winner comes to 
the National Finals held during Youth 
Conference in August. 

a. The National winner is 
awarded a $300 scholarship 
to Ashland College or $150 
in cash. 

b. The runner-up in the Na- 
tional is awarded a $150 
scholarship to Ashland Col- 
lege or $75 in cash. 

Persons eligible for the contest are 
ones who have begun the ninth grade 
or have reached their fourteenth 
birthday as of November 1 of the 
contest year (August to August) or 
who have not graduated from high 
school and have not reached their 
eighteenth birthday as of September 1 
at tlie start of the contest year. The 
winner and runner-up of the National 
Finals are not eligible. 

Only the details of the Speech Con- 
test have been considered so far. Let 
us turn for a moment and look at the 
important benefits received by each 
contestant. 

Like a great river flows INDI- 
VIDUAL DEVELOPMENT. This 
mighty river is as a well and main- 
spring of life. In our physical life we 
have the obligation of growing — in 
body and mind. . .in our Christian life 
we have the obligation of growing — 
in spirit and soul. We believe the 
Speech Contest will make your river 
of INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT 
greater and stronger. 

Any huge river such as the Ama- 
zon or the Mississippi does not sud- 
denly spring up from a raging tor- 
rent in a specified creek bed. We 
know it must grow and its growth 
and replenishment comes from tribu- 



taries, creeks, ponds, and trickles of 
water. In like manner INDIVIDUAL 
DEVELOPMENT must have its tribu- 
taries. 

"Venturing With Christ — Seek ye 
First the Kingdom" will provide you 
with some essential power. First of 
all comes the pond of IMPROVED 
SPEAKING POWER. Now there is 
an old adage that says a pictui'e is 
worth ten thousand words. However, 
a picture will not always do the job. 
We are continually reminded of the 
importance of being able to communi- 
cate properly with one another wheth- 
er it is at the breakfast table, the 
business desk, around the conference 
table or from the pulpit. Once you 
have stood before an audience and 
whipped your initial fear of speak- 
ing before people, you will find that 
you enjoy this form of communica- 
tion. And, believe it or not, you will 
soon like the response of a large 
audience over that of a smaller group. 
The stammers, shakes, knocks and 
butterflies in the stomach will give 
way to the controlled tension tliat 
makes a good speaker. Make sure 
your pond of IMPROVED SPEAK- 
ING POWER is given a chance to 
flow into your river. 

You need trickles of CONFIDENCE 
to replenish your individual develop- 
ment. Some may go so far as to say 
they need torrents of confidence rath- 
er than trickles. Nothing gives you 
moi-e confidence than winning a vic- 
tory, beating a fear of speaking be- 
fore people. Once you realize that 
the sea of heads- and eyes before you 
is not a monster ready to devour 
you upon your first word, you will 
gain new confidence. This confidence 
is not confined to the area of speak- 
ing but is transferred into all your 
daily living. ..in many fields. It is 
hard to believe that such an activity 
as speaking before people could do 
so much for one person, but it is true. 
Ask those who have tried speeches! 
Let trickles of CONFIDENCE run 
down into the river of Individual De- 
velopment. 

Is your creek of POISE full ? When 
a child is born into a family of roy- 
alty, he is trained to be well-poised 



JANUARY 14, 1961 



PAGE TWENTY-THREE 



VENTURING WITH CHRIST- 
SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM 



at all times. This means he can 
handle any situation with tact, knows 
what to do, and just what to say. 
Now, of course, we can't all be 
princes or princesses, but we do need 
to be poised. 

As you stand before a group, you 
must be well poised so that no dis- 
tractions such as clearing the throat, 
wringing the hands, swaying back 
and forth or playing with a button 
will occur to steal the attention of 
your audience from the importance 
of what you are saying. You will 
learn the fine art of coping with em- 
barrassing situations, noisy crowds 
and rude individuals. Nervous habits 
will slip away once you forget your- 
self and concentrate on the mate- 
rial at hand and the people listening. 
Poise is needed every day — in the 
market, on the phone, in the home, 
during a class, at the office and even 
in church. Have you ever thought how 
much ijoise would help you in these 
areas ? The Speech Contest will help 
you obtain a good creek-full of 
POISE. 

The most important source of en- 
ergy for a river comes from its tribu- 
taries. EXPRESSIVE THOUGHT is 
your most important tributary sup- 
plying the river of Individual Devel- 
opment. Creative thinking, imagina- 
tion and verve are basic to growth 
of mind and soul. Paul says, "Finally, 
brethren, whatsoever things are true, 
whatsoever things are honest, what- 
soever things are just, whatsoever 
things ai-e pure, whatsoever things 
are lovely, whatsoever things ai-e of 
good report; if there be any virtue, 
and if there be any praise, think on 
these things." 

The writer of Proverbs says, "For 
as he thinketh in his heart, so is he 
..." Mark proclaims, "For from with- 
in, out of the heart of men, proceed 
evil thoughts..." What are your 
thoughts? Jesus declared that think- 
ing a sin was just as bad as doing 
the deed. Many people are unable to 
express themselves adequately and get 
all tied up inside in knots of tension. 
There is nothing more ennobling to 
man than to think tlie thoughts of 
God after Him. As the peak of cre- 



ation, man was given a rational be- 
ing — a mind and a soul — to set him 
apart from the animals. The spirit 
freely soars upward as he uses his 
thoughts for God rather than the 
prince of this world. Thoughts are 
fine, but we have to know how to 
use them, express them, put them 
into action. The Speech Contest will 
give you that opportunity. Think 
with God — plumb the depths of His 
unfathomable mysteries! See that 
your tributary of EXPRESSIVE 
THOUGHT rushes into the river of 
your Individual Development. 

National Brethren Youth, and all 
previous contestants, know how help- 
ful the Speech Contest is in your in- 
dividual growth of body, mind and 
soul. We urge entries this year to 
consider these benefits mentioned 
here. 

One of last year's contestants wrote 
to a National Brethren Youth Board 
member, thanking him for the privi- 
lege and opportunity to be in the 
Speech Contest. She attested to the 
fact that it had been invaluable to 
her in gaining personal confidence and 
poise as well as speaking power. 

Adults have responded in an en- 
couraging manner also. One pastor 
was heard to say at the 1960 Nation- 
al Finals, "If these kids can give 
out stuff like that, I'd better quit 
preaching." Now we don't advocate 
that all ministers do this, but we feel 
it does point up how others appre- 
ciate seeing the way our young peo- 
ple are thinking and expressing them- 
selves. 

Recently in the Southeastern dis- 
trict, an adult asked that the Breth- 
ren Youth program on Saturday even- 
ing continue to be the Finals of our 
National Speech Contest. This per- 
son remarked that it was the finest 
effort they had seen by the youth 
of the church. 

These comments and many more 
have been made concerning the con- 
test. Any church can be proud to 
have one of its young people enter 
the contest. A special thrill comes 
from watching that individual grow 
and improve in thought and speaking 
ability. His home church eagerly fol- 



lows him through the local contest, 
perhaps to the district and maybe 
even the Finals. 

We would like to ask for your co- 
operation in handling the contest on 
each level. Please be sure to send 
to our National office for judges' 
sheets, certificates and report forms. 
All these materials are free of charge. 
Unless you send in report forms on 
your contest, we do not know if you 
have had one or not. . .sometimes 
we get it through the grapevine but 
we want to hear directly from each 
sponsor of the Contest. Some local 
churches should be having the con- 
tests right now or very soon, so the 
winners can advance to district con- 
tests. 

We suggest to those entering the 
contest that they should be original 
and imaginative with the subject. 
Think it through and organize it 
well! Perhaps you would be inter- 
ested to know what you are judged 
on in the contest. The five categories 
judged are: originality, poise, com- 
position, pronunciation and enuncia- 
tion, delivery. 

Originality includes association 
with theme, introduction of new 
thoughts and ideas, approach to mate- 
rial. 

Poise is being relaxed but alert, 
confident; absence of unnecessary 
steps, swaying, clearing of throat, de- 
gree of embarrassment. 

Composition involves word choice, 
grammar, clarity of thought, struc- 
ture, organization. 

Pronunciation and enunciation looks 
for mispronounced words, indistinct 
articulation. 

Delivery notices use of gestures, 
facial expression, variation of tone, 
rate of speaking, personal feeling, 
volume. 

Enter the National Speech Contest 
for 1961! You have nothing to lose 
and everything to gain... INDI- 
VIDUAL DEVELOPMENT through 
Improved Speaking Power, Confi- 
dence, Poise and Expressive Thought. 
(You might even become the 1961 
National Winner. ..who can tell?) 



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Vol. LXXXIII 



January 21, 1961 



No. 3 



For 1960-61: "VENTURING with CHRIST" (II Peter 3:18) 



PAGE TWO 

THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 

EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor of Publications ..Rev. W. St. Clair Benshoff 

Board of Editorial Consultants: 
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Mrs. Charlene Rowser 
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National Brethren Youth Beverly Summy 

Missionary Board Mrs. Ida Lindower 

Contributing Editors: 
National Sunday School Board .... Richard Winfield 
Sunday School Lesson Comments 

Rev. William H. Anderson 

Prayer Meeting Studies Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 

Spiritual Meditations Rev. Dyoll Belote 

Evangelism Rev. J. D. Hamel 

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In This Issue: 

Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial: "Using God's Literature" 3 

Missionary Board 4 

Woman's Missionary Society 6 

Sisterhood Program Planning Section 7 

Signal Lights Program Planning Section 11 

Mid-West District Moderator's Address 

(Part I) Rev. Kenneth Howard 14 

Evangelism Program 

(March — Easter Sunday, April 2nd) 16 

Sunday School Suggestions 17 

Prayer Meeting Bible Study 17 

Sunday School Lesson Comments 18 

Spiritual Meditations 19 

"Laid To Rest" 19 

News from the Brethren 19 

Brethren Laymen 20 

Brethren Youth 22 

Words of Appreciation 24 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 

NOTES and COMMENTS 



THE NEW PRESS: 

From the hundreds of parts scattered around the 
basement of the publishing house, a new, two-coloi 
press is slowly, but surely taking shape, with eacl 
day seeing more and more of it completed. On( 
of these days, it will all be completed, and yoi 
will begin receiving your Brethren Evangelist il 
its new dress. We aren't going to tell you just 
which week's issue will come to you in the new 
dress, as at this stage, we aren't sure ourselves. 
Keep watching, and one of these weeks the first 
of the new "dressed-up" Evangelists will be in 
your mail box. 



EVANGELISM PROGRAM: 

In this issue we have published for you the Evan- 
gelism program for March and April as formu- 
lated by the Evangelism Committee of the Central 
Planning and Coordinating Committee. We urge you 
to study it, and use as much of it as possible in 
your pre-Easter and Easter programming as you 
can. This is a very fine program and will do a lot 
for your church if used as directed. Refer to the 
Index for the location of this special program. 



PUBLICATION OFFERING MATERIALS: 

Each church secretary was supplied witli a pack- 
age of folders telling of the work of the publish- 
ing company, and the need for the 1961 publica- 
tion offering. Enclosed also were offering envel- 
opes. We encourage a full distribution of these 
in each church and a liberal offering raised for the 
cause of Brethren publications. For this, you have 
our thanks. 



LET US THANK HIM 

"He took the five loaves and the two fishes, and 
looking up to heaven, He blessed them." — Luke 9:16. 

Little Opal went to take dinner at one of the 
neighbors. They passed the bread, and she shook 
her head; the meat and the potatoes, but she shook 
her head. They knew she was fond of beans, but 
she would not take them. 

They said, "Opal, what is the matter?" 

She said, "You don't praise the Lord before you 
eat." 

They said, "You praise Him." She looked up and 
said, "Jesus, I thank You for everything on this 
table, now I can eat some beans." 

We praise Thee, Lord, for all our food, 
We praise Thee that Thou art so good. 
We praise Thee for our Saviour dear. 
Who daily careth for us here. 

— Selected. 



JANUARY 21, 1961 



PAGE THREE 



The Editor's Pulpit 

Using ^ods Literature 



SINCE JANUARY is Christian 
Literature Emphasis Month 
in our church, we are recom- 
mending for your reading a very 
special series of books. This li- 
brary of books has stood the 
test of time. These volumes have 
provided help to millions of peo- 
ple. In the realm of Christian 
literature they cannot be sur- 
passed, or even equalled, for 
they are the words of God re- 
corded for our benefit. 

Yes, we are speaking about 
the Bible. Its sixty-six well- 
written books, comprising the 
greatest library of literature 
ever known, have been God-in- 
spired. Paul, in writing to young 
Timothy said, "All scripture is 
given by inspiration of God" (II 
Tim. 3:16). These writings of 
men from the time of Moses un- 
til the penning of the Revelation 
by St. John, have come from 
God, and have been preserved by 
Him, until we have them in their 
present form. 

There is really only one way 
to actually appreciate the word 
of God, and to find it truly help- 
ful today, and that is to accept 
it in its entirety as God's writ- 
ten Word. To cast doubt on any 
part of it is to open the way for 
casting doubt on every part. Per- 
haps this is why many people 
have made shipwreck of their 
faith — they first cast doubt on 
some part of God's word, and 
then found, by the same reason- 
ing, they could not fully believe 
any of it. 

Critics will point out errors 
(so they say) in translation; 



they will say that some terms 
are out-of-date and are hard to 
understand. Personally, we have 
found God's Word to be so full 
of truth, admonition and prom- 
ises, that we did not become 
troubled over what others have 
called translation errors and out- 
of-date terms. With reverence 
and awe we accept the Bible as 
the Word of God, thanking Him 
for the dedication and talent of 
Spirit-directed translators who, 
in years past, were led to bring 
God's Word into the language 
we can understand. 

The only regret today is that 
so many people possessing this 
complete library of God's mes- 
sages, make so very little use of 
it. Basically, our Christian lit- 
erature program begins and pro- 
gresses on God's Word. All good 
Christian writings today are but 
a take-off from scriptural truth. 
Reading these writings can be 
helpful to us, but they dare nev- 
er become a substitute for the 
hours of I'eading which as Chris- 
tians, we should devote to His 
Holy Word— the Bible. 

"A man has deprived himself 
of the best there is in the world 
who has deprived himself of a 
knowledge of the Scriptures. It 
is very difficult indeed for a 
man or for a boy who knows the 
Bible, ever to get away from it. 
It haunts him like an old song. 
It follows him like the memory 
of his mother. It forms a part 
of the warp and woof of his 
life." These words were spoken 
by a man who was once presi- 
dent of the United States — 
Woodrow Wilson. 



Another president, U. S. 
Grant, once said, "Hold fast to 
the Bible as the sheet-anchor of 
your liberties ; write its precepts 
in your hearts and practice 
them in your lives. To the in- 
fluence of this Book we are in- 
debted for all the progress made 
in true civilization, and to this 
Book we must look as our guide 
in the future." Pretty straight 
words, aren't they? and they 
didn't come from "preachers", 
but from men who, in public- 
political life, knew the value of 
a sure foundation on the Word 
of God. 

So, let us use the Word of God 
in our daily lives. Make its 
truths and precepts more a part 
of our code of ethics so that 
our lives might testify more ac- 
tively of the saving grace of 
God which is in us through Je- 
sus Christ, our Lord. 

Jeremiah, centuries ago, rec- 
ognized and saw what a nation 
could become when it neglected 
the Word of God. He understood 
that national and personal safety 
depended on how closely the peo- 
ple followed what God said. For 
national and personal safety and 
advancement, Jeremiah recom- 
mends, "Oh, earth, earth, earth, 
hear the Word of the Lord." 
(Jer. 22:39). That is why in this 
Christian Literature Emphasis 
Month we are recommending 
this wonderful library of God's 
writings — the Bible — to you. 
Therein is the way to freedom 
from sin's curse, the way to 
peace, and the way to eternal 
life. For what more could we 
ask? W. S.B. 



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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST! 



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CoQCnbating Edit 



THE TENT CAME DOWN 

Kenneth Solomon 



LAST NIGHT the tent came down. 
This brought to a close our 18- 
day evangelistic effort of nightly tent 
meetings. The good seed of the Gos- 
pel had once more been sown in the 
hearts of many people. As this min- 
istry was carried forth prayerfully — 
a work of faith — so also we continue 
in prayer, working and waiting ex- 
pectantly for the time of harvest 
when God shall bring forth the in- 
crease. 

Two twenty-year-old senoritas were 
on hand to witness the dismantling 
of the lai'ge evangelistic tent. They, 
no doubt voiced the appeal of many 
of their neighbors as they e.xhorted 
us, "Don't go! Please stay; at least 
until Sunday." This was Tuesday 
night, October 4. They had had two 
weeks and three days in which to 
come hear the "Good News," but they 
had come only two or three nights. 
There had been no response from 
them, no outward manifestation of 
interest, concern or decision. There 
was only the sin of procrastination! 
The meeting had even been extended 
three days more than originally 
planned to give more chance to those 
who had thus far hardened their 
hearts. Still there had been no re- 
sponse on the part of these two 
senoritas. Now, when they saw the 
evidence that there would be no "sec- 
ond chance" that as the Bible clearly 
states, "Today is the day of salva- 
tion," they had made their appeal for 
more time. 

Like King Agrippa before Saint 
Paul, they too were "almost per- 
suaded to become Christians, but they 
had hardened their hearts, no doubt 
thinking "the door of opportunity will 
always be open to me when I am 
ready to make my decision. They had 
not read the solemn warning voiced 
by the story of the five foolish vir- 
gins in Matthew 25:10: "And the door 
was shut." Like the Athenians on 
Mars Hill, these two young ladies. 



and others like them, had put off 
until tomorrow what they should have 
done today, thinking, "We will hear 
thee again of this matter." The pure 
and simple Gospel had been faith- 
fully preached; special counseling had 
been given; and they had procrasti- 
nated, awaiting a more opportune 
time — "manana." The tent will not be 
there "manana." The Gospel witness 
still goes forth just three blocks 
away at Amenabar 273, in the 
"Templo Evangelico," but next door 
to their homes the tent came down. 

First Things came second 

Their mother too had attended only 
a few times, even though she lived 
next door to the meeting. She also 
said, "We will miss you when you are 
gone — the nice music, the singing. 
Why don't you stay longer?" Her 
excuse for not attending more was 
that the time — which was almost ideal 
— interrupted her schedule. Like an 
elderly Russian Jewish father recently 
testified to me in Buenos Aires, "The 
family comes first. I have always 
considered a sacred responsibility the 
providing a roof over the head of my 
family and something for them to 
eat." He admitted that in order to ful- 
fill this "sacred responsibility" he had 
put aside the Old Testament Faith. 
There came the day when there was 
no longer time to continue as before 
the faithful reading of the Jewish 
Holy Sci-iptures. The material needs 
of the family came first. Oh, that man 
would learn the glorious blessing of 
seeking first the Kingdom of God and 
His righteousness and then receiving 
from Him "all these other things" of 
which we have need! So it was with 
this diligent mother. The fulfilling of 
what she considered her highest ma- 
ternal duty prevented her from hear- 
ing the "good news" which is the 
poser of God unto salvation to all 
who hear, believe, and respond in 
repentance and faith. There had been 
no time to be concerned about the 



spiritual needs of the family or of 
herself. 

Many were the others who, upon 
receiving the invitation to enter when 
they passed the tent, also had good 
excuses, as men consider excuses. The 
common ones were "I have to get 
home for supper"; "I have other 
plans for tonight"; "Another night I 
will come." They did not come, and 
there will not be another night of 
Gospel preaching in that location. 
Many were the lovers who passed by 
on their nightly stroll through the 
near-by park, apparently too inter- 
ested and satisfied with human love 
to take time to listen to a message 
about divine love. The human love 
was, at least for the moment, satis- 
fying the felt need for love. The 
Divine Lover, who so loved the world 
that He gave His only begotten Son, 
could wait outside of these lives al- 
ready so filled with their own dreams, 
plans, and desires that there was no 
room left for the Divine Guest. 

Walking to the tent one evening, 
our Timmy posed a question difficult 
to answer, at least for those of us 
who now know by personal experience 
the joys and blessings of the new life 
in Christ Jesus. He asked, "Daddy, 
why don't all the people come to the 
tent to learn about Jesus?" We ask 
ourselves the very same question, 
finding it difficult to answer clearly 
why so many reject the precious, 
priceless gift that God is offering 
them. Thus, history repeated itself 
once again. There were those who 
"stood afar off"; those who "passed 
by"; those who lived "next door"; 
those who never took the invitation 
seriously until it was too late. Last 
night the tent came down. 

Thank God there were those who 
did take seriously the invitation and 
the opportunity to hear the Gospel, 
who did take time, and veere con- 
cerned; they did not pass us by, but 
did respond. All of this should come in 
the last chapter and conclusion of our 
report on evangelism in our barrio. 
Like many who begin a novel, I have 
presented you with the last chapter 
first. Shall we now begin at the be- 
ginning ? 

(Continued next week) 



JANUARY 21, 1961 



PAGE FIVE 



NEWS ITEMS 
Glenn 



We appreciate so much receiving 
the highlights from the last Board 
meeting. We are looking forward to 
the time when the Board sends a rep- 
resentative to Nigeria for a period 
of pastoral ministry. We would cer- 
tainly like to go on record as favoring 
this type of visit. This is one phase 
of our life that tends to be neglected. 
We would heartily welcome this min- 
istry among us. 

It has been raining — began about 
6 o'clock and just stopped (9 o'clock). 
We were so glad for it. We had about 
an inch on Tuesday night, the first 
since September 26. We had thought 
the rainy season was over. These last 
two rains will help our late gardens 
— beans, tomatoes and corn. We 
planted some late corn to eat while 
Dennis is home. 

The garden has done very well this 
year, and we have canned lots of 
stuff. We are still canning tomatoes 
and beans. We have also begun work- 
ing on our dry-season plot, and we 
hope to plant some next week. The 
rabbit family has increased, eight 
new bunnies; and the pig family is 
down to one, since we butchered one 
last week. We bought thi-ee chicks 
for frying while Dennis is here. 

Oh, yes, allow me to mention other 
of our creatures: Without any help 
from us whatsoever, we seem always 
to have plenty of rats and bats. We 
killed a rat in the house yesterday — 
for awhile we had a "rat race" and 
killed a bat last night. I saw the cook 
carry another one out this morning — 
then there are our friends the lizards. 

We observed Holy Communion here 
at Wandali last Sunday afternoon at 
which time 64 people participated. 
This was the largest number at com- 
munion thus far. The service was con- 
ducted by our pastor, with various 
people assisting in offering prayers 
and in reading the scriptures. This 
service continues to be a source of 
strength and blessing to our people. 

When the pastor comes to our 
house after the service for a short 
visit, he asked for any criticisms or 
suggestions which I had to make 
about the service. He continually 
shows this attitude of seeking help. 
I replied that I was very well pleased 
with the service, that I had no criti- 



FROM WANDALI 

Shank 



cisms; however, I did suggest that 
in the future it might be wise to 
shorten the scripture reading. John 17 
and John 13 are always read (most 
of each chapter is read). I suggested 
that the reading could very well stop 
at verse 17 in each chapter. We have 
noticed that our people find it dif- 
ficult to know whez'e one thought or 
idea stops and another, which some- 
times is vastly different, begins. 

Independence day is now history 
and Nigeria has taken her place 
among the independent nations of the 



world. Locally, ceremonies were held 
at Biu, center of the area Native Ad- 
ministration. Program began on Fri- 
day night with a fireworks display, 
continued on Saturday with speeches 
in the morning and sports in the af- 
ternoon. On Sunday afternoon there 
was a field and track meet with the 
participants coming from various pri- 
mary schools of the area. On Sunday 
evening there was a party (soft 
drinks) at the chief's home. This af- 
fair was by invitation only. Jean and 
I received tickets for Saturday's pro- 
gram, but were unable to go as we 
permitted our workers to go. We 
stayed and did the dispensary work. 
We did go to the party on Sunday 
evening. It was a very nice affair. We 
felt honored to be among the chief's 
guests. 



KENTUCKY WORKERS TO ATTEND — 

Council of the Southern Mountains 



When the Council of the Southern 
Mountains holds their forty-ninth an- 
nual conference from February 7-11, 
Reverend Harold Barnett and Miss 
Margaret Lowery will be in attend- 
ance, representing our missionary pro- 
grams in Lost Creek and Krypton, 
Kentucky. 

The conference will feature Richard 
Chase, folklorist, lecturer and author 
of The Jack Tales, The Grandfather 
Tales, American Folk Tales and Song. 
and other books. There will be a youth 
program, discussion groups, workshop 
on welfare, outstanding speakers, 
workshop on leadership and the com- 



munity, workshop in citizen participa- 
tion in rural development. 

The Council of the Southern Moun- 
tains, Inc., works to share the best 
traditions and human resources of 
the Appalachian South with the rest 
of the nation. It also seeks to help 
meet some of the social, educational, 
spiritual, and cultural needs peculiar 
to this mountain territory. It works 
through and w i t h the schools, 
churches, medical centers and other 
institutions, and by means of sincere 
and able individuals both in and out- 
side the area. 



ATTENTION! 

ALL BRETHREN EVANGELIST READERS — 

PASTORS AND MISSIONARY SECRETARIES — 

PRESIDENTS OF W. M. S., Sisterhood, Brotherhood, Laymen, 
Brethren Youth, etc. 

Beginning next week, this spot on the missionary pages will be 
devoted to items of special significance to our program. There will 
be information which is frequently requested for carrying on mean- 
ingful missionary work. Clip it out; keep it for further reference; 
develop an informed and concerned and praying group of Brethren 
people. MAKE OUR MISSIONARY PROGRAM ALIVE AND GROW- 
ING! 



PAGE SIX 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



The Woman 's Outlook 

The Bible the Greatest of all Literature 



"THE BIBLE, the Greatest of 
all Literature", is a topic glo- 
riously rich in suggestion and 
possibilities. If the Bible is the 
greatest of all literature, it must 
exhibit and exemplify the char- 
acteristics of good literature in 
a supreme and pre-eminent de- 
gree. Can the Bible meet this 
challenge? Let us consider: 

First: Good literature must 
embody thought that is power- 
giving, elevating, and inspiring 
rather than merely knowledge- 
giving. Many there are who 
search the Bible and other great 
literature for facts, "the brute 
beasts of the intellectual do- 
main," and tor knowledge, the 
raw materials of wisdom which 
lingers though knowledge comes. 
Facts there are, and wisdom 
there is, in literature; but these 
are not the essentials of litera- 
ture, "that breath and finer spir- 
it of all knowledge" which sees 
farther and more deeply than 
pure reason. 

Facts are but the carriers of 
the golden fruitage of literature. 
Facts, information, knowledge 
move forever, even though it be 
through the white light of rea- 
son, on the same earthly level 



by the late Prof. L. L. Garber, 

former Professor of Ashland College. 



The W. M. S. wishes to share with 
the Brethren some articles printed 
through the years in the OUTLOOK. 
Because of their message in relation 
to the themes of the EVANGELIST, 
they bear reprinting and, when ap- 
propriate, will appear in the third is- 
sue each month. 



where two plus two equal four. 
Good literature moves through 
the glittering iris of human 
emotion onward and upward in- 
" to the higher levels of human 
passion where pity, tenderness, 
aspirations, and the contagion of 
human sympathy dwell and rise 
as on a Jacob's ladder from the 
dark earth into the ethereal re- 
gions of the infinite and the 
eternal. More than other influ- 
ences, literature is a most essen- 
tial element in achieving Plato's 
chief purpose in education : "The 
making us love what we ought 
to love and hate what we ought 
to hate." Literature is not learn- 
ing. Next to religion, it is man's 
holiest passion. 

Literature is the supreme sen- 
timent creator: Touch literature 
anywhere, and the pulse quick- 
ens, the face flushes, and the 
whole greater self is tuned to 
higher issues, to finer admira- 
tions, to diviner adventures, to 
nobler transports. Who can 
know its heroes and not be in- 
spired and uplifted? Ruth re- 
nounces her ancestral gods; Da- 
vid laments over dead Absalom; 
Paul heeds the Macedonian call; 
Hamlet speaks his matchless 
passion ; Tennyson hears the bar 
moaning of the eternal sea; 
John, the Revelator, sees the 
heavens roll back as a scroll, and 
time is no more! 

Who shall number the millions 
who have been empowered by 



Reprinted from the WOMAN'S 
OUTLOOK section of THE BRETH- 
REN EVANGELIST, July 11, 1936. 
Prof. Garber was at that time Pro- 
fessor of English at Ashland College. 



the Bible to great and unselfish 
deeds? Who shall fitly trace the 
life-stories of missionaries, min- 
isters, and other emissaries of 
the Good News? Who shall de- 
lineate the kindnesses, the sym- 
pathies, the services of states- 
men, teachers, nurses, physi- 
cians, — of the multitudes who, 
having caught its inspiration 
and having hid its passion in 
their hearts, have traveled on 
life's common way in cheerful 
godliness? In all of these sweet- 
er, finer, diviner sentiment-cre- 
ating power-giving attributes, 
the Bible embodies our supreme 
literary possessions. 

Second: Good literature is of 
interest to man as man. Not to 
man as teacher, physician, far- 
mer, but to man in his native 
human capacities; a traveler be- 
tween life and death; a being 
who loves and hates, hopes and 
despairs, sins and repents, fights 
the battle with fate and passes, 
where? Because of its universal 
appeal to man as man, the Bible 
may be translated into any lan- 
guage, understood by any age, 
appreciated by any nation, race, 
or class. Supreme is the Bible in 
this respect, a fact that makes 
(Continued on page 10) 



JANUARY 21, 1961 



PAGE SEVEN 



Program 
Planning 
Section 



Sisterhood Program for February 



Christ's High Mountain 

Shari Linton 



SATAN HAS POWER in this world 
to cause heartache and sorrow, 
to plunge you into the depths of sin 
and despair, to ruin lives and even 
cause your very soul to be lost for- 
ever. Satan can make material 
things so important and so tempting 
that we put them above all else. He 
can direct us into the wrong crowd, 
tempting us to seek pleasure and sat- 
isfaction in cheap thrills and selfish 
motives. Life can be so complicated 
and so full of problems that we 
hardly know where to turn. Yet you 
know where the answer to all these 
problems lie. 

You know that God gave us the an- 
swer 1,960 years ago when a Miracle 
in human form was sent to give us 
hope. Christ set the pattern and the 
pace, and not only that, but gives us 
His own power to guide us upward 
and onward. That power is something 
sure and firm that we can depend 
on because in the Bible we see that 
power in action when Christ is 
tempted by Satan on the mount. 



Christ climbed that mountain alone 
with Satan. 

We, too, have our own mountain 
to climb, but this time there will be 
three — Satan on one side of us and 
Christ on the other. Satan will be 
tugging hard and constantly trying 
to make us yield, and Christ will be 
walking confidently on the other side 
with pleading and love in His eyes 
and a gentle hand in our own. He'll 
lift us up when we fall, and patiently 
wait for our faith to grow stronger 
so that we can leave Satan com- 
pletely behind and reach the top, 
never again to falter. 

Perhaps the first thing we have to 
do is take the first step. Christ can't 
help us too much if we stand in the 
valley looking at the long treacher- 
ous climb; overcome with fears and 
misgivings, lacking faith and courage. 
The first step must be oui- own, and 
after that the way gets easier and 
easier. The more chances we take to 
reach the top and the less depend- 
ent we become on others to do our 



On The Mountain 

Joyce Byler 



DID YOU EVER compare your 
life to climbing a mountain? 
Climbing a mountain is similar to our 
lives before ' we accept Christ as our 
Saviour. Along the way there are 
many stumbling blocks and slippery 
edges and obstacles which get in our 
way and make us trip and stumble. 
Once we reach the top we can look 
around and see several different ways 
ivhich will lead us back down the 
mountain. We can take the same path 
back down, full of its stumbling and 
treacherous obstacles, or we can try 
a completely different path; one with 



which we are not familiar so that 
we might lose our way. 

If while we are still on the top 
we invite Christ to be our Guide and 
to take complete charge of our lives 
we are assured that we can depend 
on Him to lead us across the rough 
places and bring us safely down. And 
this can be applied to our lives, not 
only with climbing mountains, but in 
every experience of which we have a 
part. With out Christ, the stumbling 
blocks will seem impossible, but with 
Him we know we are never lost. "God 
is our refuge and strength, a very 
present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1). 



thinking and make our decisions, the 
closer we will come to Christ if we 
take time out along the way to pray 
and ask for His help. 

Christ gave man the right to choose 
from the very beginning and that is 
why the first step must be our own. 
This really isn't asking too much, 
for the way is laid out for us so 
clearly in God's Holy Word. God 
may want you to climb in the dark 
with no idea where you are going or 
why; just knowing that that is what 
He wants. He may make it very clear 
to you from the start, revealing to 
you the very steps He wants you 
to take. Perhaps the way will seem 
impossible and the things He wants 
you to accomplish so great that you 
don't know where to begin; but don't 
doubt and don't give up. 

"There hath no temptation taken 
you but such as is common to man: 
but God is faithful, who will not suf- 
fer you to be tempted above that ye 
are able; but will with the tempta- 
tion also make a way to escape, that 
ye may be able to bear it" (I Cor- 
inthians 10:13). The answer also lies 
in prayer for you can be just as 
close to God as you want to be. So 
take the first step, my friend, and 
your faith will grow strong and firm 
and soon you'll find yourself con- 
cerned about helping others with their 
first steps and forgetting about your 
own, for you will be taken care of by 
One who had it all planned. 

National S. M. M. Treasurer, 

Ashland College. 



This week brings the first S. M. M. 
Program Section. You are urged to 
use the program planning suggestions 
printed in last week's W. M. S. sec- 
tion in planning new and stimulating 
devotional meetings for your Sister- 
hood. This section will appear the 
third week in each month. 



PAGE EIGHT 

Program 
Planning 
Section 



CAN YOU IMAGINE being com- 
pletely alone in the middle of 
a desert or wilderness, and going 
without food for forty days ? Jesus 
did. And not only that, He also was 
being tempted by the devil the whole 
time to do things that would not 
please God. 

In Matthew 4:1-4 and also in Luke 
4:1-4 we read that Jesus was led in- 
to the wilderness by the Holy Spir- 
it just after He returned from Jor- 
dan where He had been baptized. It 
was God's will that Jesus should be 
tempted by the devil. God did not 
want to test Jesus' ability to resist 
temptations, but He wanted to show 
us that it was impossible for Jesus 
to give in to Satan and separate Him- 
self from God by going against God's 
will. 

In the wilderness, Christ fasted, or 
went without food, for forty days and 



In The Wilderness 

Joyce Byler 



nights, and afterwards was hungry. 
I imagine that if we would go for 
this long without food, we would be 
very hungry, too. Have you ever been 
sick for several days and not wanted 
to eat? If you have, you know that 
you begin feeling rather weak, and 
it is perhaps easier for someone to 
talk you into doing something that 
you might not want to do otherwise. 
Wouldn't you suppose Jesus would 
feel even more this way after forty 
days and nights ? 

The devil began tempting Jesus by 
saying, "If thou be the Son of God, 
command that these stones be made 
bread" (Matthew 4:3). He realized 
that Jesus would be very hungry and 
he thought the idea of food might 
tempt Him. But in order to get the 
bread, Jesus would have had to obey 
the devil, which was just what Satan 
wanted Him to do. When the Lord 



In God's Garden 

Shari Linton 



As THE THREE OF US ascended 
one of the slopes in God's gar- 
den of hills in Kentucky, each was 
engaged in his own trivial thought; 
unaware of the other and yet very 
close because of the experiences we 
had shared and the things we had 
grown to love that summer. There 
was a note of sadness in our sighs 
and an air of melancholy as we 
trudged along, for perhaps this was 
the last time we'd all be together. 
Looking back, each knew where he 
had failed in his own personal mis- 
sion to God and was asking forgive- 
ness and hoping against hope that 
a small part of His purpose had been 
accomplished. 

As we reached the top of the hill, 
a golden ray of sunlight broke 



through the heavy gray clouds. We 
stood tliere feeling the wind in our 
faces and the grass rippling at our 
feet. The presence of God was very 
real, and as we looked down over the 
village below we knew this was a 
turning point in our lives. Without a 
word, but rather by a prodding from 
God, we sank to our knees and gave 
thanks for our glorious experiences 
in His service during the last few 
weeks. With faith renewed and hope 
for the future we descended that hill 
and climbed into the car that had 
been waiting for us. As we wound 
our way out of those hills and back 
into the world we knew that God was 
there, too, waiting to use us as He 
willed. 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELISl 



Sisterhood 



answered the devil, He did so bj 
quoting the scripture of the Old Tes^ 
tament (Deuteronomy 8:3). "It is 
written, man shall not live by bread 
alone, but by every word that pro- 
ceedeth out of the mouth of God" 
(Matthew 4:4). In other words, He 
was telling the devil that although 
we need such material things as food 
to live, we have even more a spiritual 
need, to know God's will for us. So 
even at His weakest, the Lord could 
meet and conquer the devil at his 
strongest. 

The devil's greatest desire was to 
make Jesus become his servant. He 
offered many things to Jesus if He 
would fall down and worship him. 
He wanted Jesus to separate Himself 
from God and worship Satan, serving 
him rather than God. Jesus answered 
him by saying, "Get thee behind me, 
Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt 
worship the Lord thy God, and Him 
only shalt thou serve" (Luke 4:8). 
The Lord was not even tempted to 
serve the devil. This is the way we 
should be — not even tempted. 

There are many "wildernesses" into 
which we will be led as Christians, 
and we may have to go alone, as 
Jesus did. The devil will be eagerly 
waiting to catch us when we are 
weakest, and he will tempt us in as 
many ways as he can possibly find. 
We cannot depend upon ourselves 
alone to hold him back. Without God 
to guide us, we are lost. The best 
way that we can fight him is by sur- 
rendering ourselves to God, asking 
Him to guide and direct our every 
step, and then trusting Him complete- 
ly, never doubting for a single min- 
ute that He will care for us. 

"Trust in the Lord with all thine 
heart; and lean not unto thine own 
understanding. In all thy ways ac- 
knowledge Him, and He shall direct 
thy paths" (Proverbs 3:5, 6). 

National S. M. M. Vice President, 
Ashland College 



lANUARY 21, 1961 

Program 
Planning 
Section 



JAMES, CHAPTER THREE 

Mrs. Philip Lerscii, Jr. 



PAGE NINE 

Sisterhood 



ALL OF US have a weapon that 
is powerful for good or evil as 
ive choose. We use it every day. Some 
jood results from its use and some 
larm. Even though we have it we 
;annot control it ourselves. It gets 
away from us at times and does great 
lamage. We have all suffered because 
)f it. The New Testament writer, 
lames, tells about it in the third 
^hapter of his letter. It is the tongue. 
What a great responsibility is ours 
Decause of this possession. James 
ikens it to a fire. He says if a man 
(or woman) can control his tongue, 
le is grown up, mature. Think about 
some of the results of the use of 
;he tongue. A sermon preached can 
inspire worshippers to yield them- 
selves to God and take up their cross 
ind follow Him. A campaign speech 
;an arouse voters to action during 
m election. Advice of parents can 
juide young people on the right way 
IS they are growing up. Good teach- 
ng can motivate students to seek out 
idditional knowledge of a subject, 
rhese are all great accomplishments 
jf the tongue. 

Consider also some of the harm 
'.t can do. A speaker can incite a mob 
;o riot. Advertisers can make people 
3uy their products by crafty slight 
Df tongue. School friends without 
scruples can talk othei-s out of their 
convictions about smoking, cheating, 
2tc. The same little insti'ument, the 
tongue, that effects good, can bring 
about evil results as well. 

How can we use our tongues only 
for good? How can we tame our 
tongues ? James says that we can't. 
''But the tongue no human being can 
came. It is an unruly evil, incapable 
3f being quieted, full of deadly 
poison." No, we ourselves cannot 
;ame it. But we can ask God's help. 
We can dedicate our tongues to God. 
rhe hymn does it like this. 
Take my voice and let me sing 
Always, only for my King: 
Take my lips and let them be 
Filled with messages from Thee. 
If our lips are filled with messages 
from God our tongues will be doing 
good. 

Romans 12:1 admonishes us to pre- 
ent our bodies a living sacrifice. Part 
af that sacrifice is the tongue. We 



ought to use it only for God's glory, 
not for self-glory or running down 
the characters and reputations of 
others. 

Here is what some of the Proverbs 
have to say about the tongue. "He 
who restrains his lips is prudent." 
"Even a fool who keeps silent is wise; 
when he closes his lips he is deemed 
intelligent." "He who keeps his mouth 
and his tongue keeps himself out of 
trouble." 

We girls seem to have more trouble 
in this business of controlling our 
tongues than the fellows do. What 
happens when a bunch of girls get 
together? Yak, yak, yak. We're all 
guilty of running off at the mouth. 
This is one of my own particular 
struggles. I wage constantly the bat- 
tle of trying to keep quiet and then 
my mouth just seems to get away 
from me. When we examine the sub- 
stance of women's conversation many 
times it makes us blush. What do 
we talk about? Quite often it is noth- 
ing in particular, which is bad enough. 
But when it is degrading about other 
people that is terrible. 

Besides the poor quality of our con- 
versation we girls tend to "rush in 
where angels fear to tread" in our 
speech. Many of us are quick to speak 
and slow to listen which is just the 
opposite of the advice James gave in 
the earlier part of his book. He said 
that we are to be "swift to hear 
and slow to speak." Is it any wonder 
then, since we girls are so frivolous 
and downright derogatory in our 
speaking, that Paul gave the advice 
he did in I Corinthians 14:34-35? 
"Let your women keep silence in the 
churches: for it is not permitted unto 
them to speak; but they are com- 
manded to be under obedience, as also 
saith the law. And if they will learn 
anything, let tliem ask their husbands 
at home: for it is a shame for women 
to speak in the church." 

Many of us would improve by learn- 
ing to keep silent. However, merely 
keeping quiet is not the answei*. We 
must learn to use our tongues for 
good. This can be done only as we 
live Christ, practice His presence in 
Prayer, and seek the guidance of the 
Holy Spirit through the Bible. When 
we are filled in all our being with 



Christ our tongues will help win oth- 
ers to Him. Christ can control our 
tongues; we can't, but we can let Him. 
In this largest section (verses 1-12) 
of the third chapter we learn two im- 
portant truths : 

1. Like a strong and spirited horse 
being controlled by a small bit in 
his mouth and like a large ship being 
steered by a small rudder, our lives 
can be brought under control if we 
control our tongues. 

2. We cannot sincerely praise God 
and curse men with the same tongue. 
Either our nature is evil which will 
bring forth evil speech, or our spirit 
is Christ-centered which will produce 
godly speech. 

The other section of James 3, verses 
13-18 deals with true wisdom. This 
is something we all seek. You are 
especially aware of this quest since 
you are in school every day. What is 
true wisdom ? James describes it as 
"wisdom that is from above." Hei-e 
are some of the phrases he used to 
define it: 

True Wisdom is pure — cleansed 
from all stain of selfishness, dedicated 
wholly to the glory of God. 

True Wisdom is peace loving — hun- 
gering for peace. 

True Wisdom is courteous — consid- 
erate of others. 

Ti'ue Wisdom is willing to yield to 
reason. 

True Wisdom is full of compassion 
and good fruits. 

True Wisdom is without variance — 
straightforward, definite convictions. 

True Wisdom is without hypocrisy 
— absolutely honest. 

This is heavenly wisdom or divine 
understanding given to believers who 
really trust God. But if we are jeal- 
ous of one another, looking for the 
faults of others, and try to better our- 
selves and our own viewpoints over 
others, we possess not divine wisdom 
but a counterfeit or a falsehood. 

The test of true wisdom lies in the 
living. Those who are truly wise show 
forth good works with humility. Those 
who counterfeit wisdom are sowing 
strife and discord, but those who are 
truly intelligent are preparing the 
blessed and peaceful fruits of right- 
eousness. 
* Ashland, Ohio. 



PAGE TEN 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



THE BIBLE 

(Continued from page 6) 
it ever fresh, ever new, ever ap- 
pealing, wliile much other liter- 
ature is ephemeral and fading. 

Third: Good literature is es- 
thetic in tone and style. Here 
again the Bible is preeminent. 
Here is no sham, no triviality, 
no dilletanti tawdry stuff. Here 
is beautiful simplicity, deep sin- 
cerity, noble severity. From the 
grand moving simplicity of Gen- 
esis to the vividly wrought im- 
agery of Revelation, there is 
spread out before the reader an 
unmatched variety of literary 
models. The grand Saxon severi- 
ty of Genesis ; the stately ora- 
tory of Deuteronomy ; the swift- 
moving narrative of Matthew 
and Mark; the sublime sugges- 
tiveness and dramatic power of 
Job; the noble imagery, the ma- 
jestic cadences, the rich melody, 
the moving splendor of the 
Psalms; the pungent epi-gram- 
matic contrasts of Provei'bs; the 
engaging directness and pictur- 
esqueness of Luke; the tender- 



ness, the loveliness, the allegori- 
cal illumination of John ; the 
rhetorical power, the parallelism, 
and climax of Paul ; and the spir- 
it-terrifying imagery of Revela- 
tion, — what beauty there is, 
what esthetic splendor, what a 
glorious panorama of noble and 
supreme stylistic qualities. 

Fourth: Good literature must 
have yet another characteristic: 
It must be a work of the creative 
imagination and artistic in con- 
struction. Does the Bible here 
rank with the supreme master- 
pieces of literature? In it is 
freshness that time cannot dim 
and originality that is the peren- 
nial joy of all types of readers. 
In it are master-works of the 
creative imagination : poems, 
dramas, allegories, short stories, 
parables, graphic pictures, sug- 
gestive imagery, dynamic 
phraseology, and perhaps every 
device that may be used to em- 
power, to inspire, to illuminate, 
to persuade. In it are beautiful 
creations of artistic handiwork, 
— imperishable forms of literary 



expression; "series of actual 
facts," and "series of imagined 
facts", all aptly fashioned and 
cunningly devised to set forth 
and indelibly impress the lofty 
truths, the moral ideals, the 
noble and inspiring sentiments, 
the "truths that perish never," 
which the writers designed to 
convey. 

Because of its supreme liter- 
ary excellence, the Bible has had 
an immense influence in molding 
our speech and literary style. It 
has made our speech stronger, 
simpler, more direct, because its 
phrases have charmed our child- 
hood, inspired maturity, com- 
forted age. Re-embodied by our 
poets and prose writers, its ex- 
cellencies of style have been ab- 
sorbed by multitudes who have 
never read it. Thus, forming and 
molding their vocabularies and 
methods of expression, the Bible 
has become an enduring standard I 
of truth, beauty, and effective- 
ness in literary expression. "Lit- ■ 
erary fashions come and go, bu 
this book remains." 



S. M. M. 



News 



Buenos Dias: 

Como Estan uds ? We haven't heard 
from any of you this year. I hope 
this doesn't mean your societies are 
no longer in existence. What have 
you been doing? Does one of you have 
something to contribute in the way of 
the relating of a personal experience? 
Read Shari's. 

Shari Linton, a freshman at Ash- 
land, is from Lanark, Illinois. She 
was appointed at National Confer- 
ence to be the treasurer. Joyce Byler, 
also a freshman is from South Bend, 
Indiana. Joyce was elected Vice Presi- 
dent while she was still in the hospital 
in Kentucky with pneumonia. 

Congratulations are in order to Lois 
Berkshire, Judith Sainer, Lavaughn 
Kindley and Betty Meyers. They aYe 



among the ten seniors chosen as 
nominees for Who's Who in American 
Colleges and Universities. 

"Lois Berkshire has been active in 
Y.W.C.A., Girl's Gospel Team, Chap- 
el Choir, and Student Council." At 
the present time she is sei^ving as 
president of GGT. 

"Judy has been active in GGT, Pi 
Kappa Pi, WAA, Pi Mu Gamma and 
Student Council." At this time Judy 
is president of YWCA and a dormi- 
tory counselor. "Lavaughn is noted 
for her accomplishments in music. She 
has been in the marching, concert and 
pep bands, a four-year member of 
Chapel Choir, and an active member 
of the Musicaglia Club." Betty Meyers 
is also an excellent student of mu- 
sic. "She has been active in GGT, Mu- 



sicaglia, Chapel Choir, Band, Mat! 
Club, Campus Crusaders and the Bel 
Canto Choir." Betty is a Dean's List ; 
student (that's good, in case you're i 
wondering). More than one visitor to , 
the campus has been impressed by hen' 
performance at the piano. ( Quotes j 
from "Ashland Collegian") 

However it may appear, this col- 
umn is not intended to inform Little! 
Susie of what Cousin Sal is doingii 
away at college. Cousin Sal has the' 
right to know that Susie is keeping' 
the home fires burning in SMM. For 
instance; has Susie been helping rolll 
bandages 2 inches by 2 ',2 yards or 
3" ulcer pads for one of the African' 
hospitals? 

Hasta luego! 



JANUARY 21, 1961 



PAGE ELEVEN 



Program 
Planning 
Section 



Signal Lighfs Program for February 



Prelude: "When The Roll Is Called 

Up Yonder" 
Call to Worship: 

If we pray to God, our Father, 
Make us kind in work and play. 
He will help us to remember, 
And we'll have a happy day. 
Sing: 
"Can a Little Child Like Me?" 
"Be Ye Kind" 

"In My Heart There Rings a Mel- 
ody" 
"Oh, Be Careful" 

A Bible Child: 

Miriam and Her Baby Brother 

There was once a young Hebrew 
jirl named Miriam. Miriam' had a 
jaby brother whom she loved very 
nuch. The baby had big, brown eyes 
md curly, dark hair. He seemed to 
Miriam the dearest baby in all the 
world. 

She wanted to take him out where 
jveryone could see him. But she must 
lot do that. She must not even tell 
myone she had a baby brother. 

The king of that country was a 
irery cruel king. He had ordered that 
ill the Hebrew baby boys should be 
;hrown into the river. He even sent 
lis soldiers to see that it was done, 
rhat is why Miriam tried so hard 
to help Mother and Father keep their 
Daby a secret. 

They were so afraid the king's 
soldiers would find out their secret 
that they hid the baby in the house 
all day long. Miriam helped to take 
:are of him. If he cried, she ran 
IS fast as she could to quiet him 
before anyone would hear him. 

The baby grew rapidly as all babies 
do. They could not keep their secret 
much longer. One day Mother said, 
'Miriam, we cannot hide the baby 
this way any longer. God has helped 
me to think of a new plan. We will 
obey the king and put the baby in the 
river, but when we put him in, he 
will be resting in this." 

Mother showed Miriam a new bas- 
ket she had woven of the tall grasses 
that grew along the riverbank. She 
had filled in all the cracks between 
the grasses so that no water could 
get through. It was really a little 



basket-boat, for it would float on 
water. 

Gently Mother put their baby into 
the basket. Carefully she tucked the 
covers about him. Then Miriam and 
her Mother carried the baby in his 
basket-bed to the river's edge, where 
tall grasses grew. 

"We will hide him here among the 
grasses," said Mother. "Now I must 
go home, but you stay here and watch 
your little brother. You must see that 
no harm comes to him." 

Miriam found a place in the tall 
grass where she could hide. For a 
long time she waited and watched 
and watched and waited. It was hard 
to keep still for so long, but not once 
did Miriam think of running off to 
play. 

The water went lap, lap, lap against 
the bank. The grasses went swish, 
swish, swish against the water. And 
the basket-boat rocked softly up and 
down and up and down. 

At last Miriam heard another 
sound. Step, step, step, some people 
were coming. She heard voices talk- 
ing and laughing. She peeped out 
from her hiding place. 

And there she saw the princess 
with her maids from the palace! They 
were walking along the riverbank. 
Just then the princess saw the bas- 
ket-boat in the water. She wondered 
what was in it. "Go and bring it to 
me," she said to one of her maids. 

The maid leaned over the water's 
edge and reached the basket-boat. She 
pulled it in and carried it to the 
princess. The princess looked in. How 
surprised she was to see there a little 
dark-haired baby boy. The baby 
opened his eyes. When he saw the 
strange people around him he began 
to cry. 

"It is a Hebrew baby," said the 
princess. 

When Miriam heard her little 
brother cry she came running out of 
her hiding place. Any other time she 
would have been afraid to speak to 
the princess. But now she was brave 
because her baby brother was in dan- 
ger. 

"Shall I go and call a nurse of the 
Hebrew women that she may nurse 
the child for you?" asked Miriam. 



"Go," said the princess. Miriam ran 
like the wind and soon she was back 
bringing her own mother. 

"Take this child," said the princess, 
"and nurse it for me. I will pay you 
for taking care of the baby." 

Then the princess gave the baby 
whom she named Moses to the mother-. 
Happily Mother and Miriam carried 
Moses home. They knew that the 
princess would not let anyone harm 
him. They were glad, so glad, that 
their baby was safe. When they got 
home they thanked God for caring 
for him. Mother was thankful, too, for 
a helpful daughter like Miriam. 
—Based on Exodus 1:22-2:10. 

Memory Scripture: "Be ye kind one 
to another." Ephesians 4:32a. 

Discussion Time: Let the Signal 
Lights tell about their little brothers 
and sisters. Guide their thinking by 
asking such questions as: How do 
younger children feel when they are 
teased ? How do they feel when older 
ones will not let them play ? When 
the play is too rough ? How does 
Mother feel when she is busy and you 
entertain the younger ones ? How does 
she feel when you share with the lit- 
tle ones ? How does God feel when 
you are kind and thoughtful of 
others ? 

Hymn of the Month: 

When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder 

The Bible tells us that someday 
trumpets will sound in the sky and 
Jesus will I'eturn. The hymn "When 
the Roll Is Called Up Yonder" tells 
us about this. Let's read it together. 

When the trumpet of the Lord shall 

sound. 
And time shall be no moi-e, 
And the morning breaks, 
Eternal, bright and fair; 
When the saved of earth shall gather 
Over on the other shore, 
And the roll is called up yonder, 
I'll be there. 

Chorus : 

When the roll is called up yonder. 

When the roll is called up yonder. 

When the roll is called up yonder. 



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Planning 
Section 



Signal Lights 



When the roll is called up yonder, 
I'll be there. 

On that bright and cloudless morning 
When the dead in Christ shall rise, 
And the glory of His resurrection 

share; 
When His chosen ones shall gather 
To their home beyond the skies 
And the roll is called up yonder, 
I'll be there. 

Let us labor for the Master 
From the dawn till setting sun, 
Let us talk of all His wondrous love 

and care; 
Then when all of life is over. 
And our work on earth is done. 
And the roll is called up yonder, 
I'll be there. 

(You may wish to use just the first 
verse. Be sure your children under- 
stand the meaning of such words and 
phrases as: eternal, other shore, roll, 
yonder.) 

Now, let's listen to the music that 
goes with this hymn before we sing 
it. 

A Home Mission Story: 

The New Neighbors 

The Jones family who moved in 
next to Terry and Martin had eight 
children. The oldest was eleven years 
old, and the littlest one was just a 
few weeks old. 

"Oh, boy!" said Terry to Martin, 
"if we can get them to come to Sun- 
day School with us, we sure can get 
a lot of points in the contest for 
bringing new kids!" 

"Yes," said Martin, "but there is 
something a lot more important than 
getting points. If they don't know 
the Lord Jesus, maybe we can tell 
them about Him and get tliem to Sun- 
day School So that they can learn 
about Him." 

After a few days, when all the 
children had become good friends, 
Terry and Martin asked them if they 
would go along to Sunday School — 
and you know what they found out? 
The Joneses had never been to Sun- 
day School, not once in their whole 
lives! Not any of them! 



Terry and Martin were so surprised 
that they almost had to sit down to 
catch their breath. Never been to 
Sunday School ? They had never 
heard of such a thing. Terry and 
Martin had been to Sunday School 
almost every week since they were 
tiny, and they wouldn't miss it for 
anything. 

No one in the place where they 
used to live had ever asked the 
Jones children to go to Sunday School, 
so they ran in to ask their father 
if they could go. 

"No," said Mr. Jones, "I don't think 
so. Sunday School doesn't help any- 
body, and besides there are things we 
can do around here on Sunday morn- 
ing." The Jones children and Terry 
and Martin were very much disap- 
pointed. Terry and Martin were sur- 
prised that Mr. Jones said that he 
didn't think that Sunday School did 
anyone any good. 

"I think it has helped us," Terry 
said. 

"I know it has," said Martin, "be- 
cause now we know about Jesus, and 
He helps us to be good and to help 
other people know about God." 

"Well," said Mr. Jones, "we'll see 
about that. If going to Sunday School 
has helped you so much, then I'll be 
able to find out about it by watching 
the way you act." 

When Terry and Martin were eat- 
ing their supper that evening, they 
told their mother and father what Mr. 
Jones had said. 

"Well," said Father, "that is a real 
challenge. If you boys act like Chris- 
tians, Mr. Jones will be able to see 
a difference between you and those 
who aren't Christians. And if he sees 
a real difference, he will let his chil- 
dren go to Sunday School. So it's up 
to you, it seems." 

"It's up to all of us," said Mother, 
"because if Mr. Jones sees that all 
of us as a family are different be- 
cause of the Lord Jesus living in our 
home, then he will want the Lord to 
live in his home too." 

That night they all prayed that 
they might be kind and courteous and 
obedient and helpful to one another 
and to the other people in the neigh- 
borhood so that Mr. Jones could tell 



that it makes a difference to belong to 
Jesus. 

After that, whenever Terry and 
Martin began to quarrel, one or the 
other of them was sure to say, "Shh! 
Remember about Mr. Jones. He might 
be listening." And then the other one 
would think of something else and 
would say, "Yes, and Jesus is listen- 
ing and watching us," and they would 
stop quarreling. 

Whenever Mother wanted them to 
do something and they wanted to do 
something else, they thought about 
Jesus watching them. So instead of 
being grouchy about their work they 
were happy and pleasant. 

And you know, it worked! A few 
weeks 'later when Terry and Martin 
were in the neighbor's yard playing, 
Mr. Jones came out in the yard where 
they were. "What day is tomorrow, 
boys?" he asked. 

"Sunday," said Terry. 

"Are you going to Sunday School 
in the morning?" asked Mr. Jones. 

"Sure," said Martin, "just like we 
always do." 

Then Mr. Jones said something that 
surprised all the children very much. 
He said, "How would you like to in- 
vite my children to go along with 
you ? If your father is willing to lead 
the way in his car, I'll follow in my 
car and we'll all get there at the 
same time. Then you can show my 
children where to go." 

"Oh, that would be wonderful!" said 
Terry and Martin at the same time. 
They ran home to ask their father 
about it. Father went right over to 
see Mr. Jones. "Why don't you and 
Mrs. Jones come along with us for 
the mothers' and fathers' class too?" 
he asked Mi\ Jones. 

"Well," said Mr. Jones, "perhaps 
we will. You know, I've been watch- 
ing you folks for the last few weeks, 
and there is something different. I 
think it's because you go to Sunday 
School." 

"That isn't exactly it, although 
that's part of it," said fathei-. "The 
real reason is that the Lord Jesus 
lives at our house." Then Father 
talked to Mr. Jones for a long time 
about how the Lord Jesus was sent 
by God to die for our sins, and how 



JANUARY 21, 1961 



PAGE THIRTEEN 



Program 
Planning 
Section 



Signal Lights 



anyone who wants Jesus to take his 
sins away just has to tell Jesus about 
it. 

The next morning the whole Jones 
family went to Sunday School for 
the first time in their lives. It wasn't 
very long after that that Mr. Jones 
came over one evening to tell Father 
that he and Mrs. Jones both had 
asked the Lord Jesus to come into 
their home. 

Terry and Martin were in the other 
room and heard them talking. 

"It sure pays to live for Jesus, 
doesn't it?" said Terry. 



And Martin replied, "It sure does." 
from Stories for the 
Children's Hour 

by Kenneth N. Taylor 

Friendship Circle of Prayer: Let us 

thank God for our parents, homes, 
churches, and schools. Let us ask 
God to help us to be kind and 
thoughtful of others. Let us ask 
Him, too, to be with our mission- 
aries. 
Business: Remember our project of 
Brethren Churches for Boys and 
Girls in the United States. Our 



Doing-Without-Money will be used 

to help build some of these 

churches. 

Birthdays of missionary children: 

Becky Solomon, February 27, three 
years old. 

Steve Byler, March 19, ten years 
old. 
Handiwork: Making Valentines 

Supply the children with red con- 
struction paper, paper doilies, paste 
and scissors. Suggest that they make 
valentines for the sick or shut-ins of 
the church. 
Signal Lights' Benediction. 



W. M. S. 



A W. M. S. President Honored 



News Wl 



CENTRAL INDIANA DISTRICT 
RALLY 

The Central Indiana District Rally 
was held at the First Brethren Church 
in Oakville, Indiana, on October 13, 
1960. There were 147 members and 9 
guests present to enjoy the fellow- 
ship and hospitality of the Oakville 
societies. 

The morning session included devo- 
tions by Mrs. Carl Maus of Denver, 
several musical numbers and group 
singing. Mrs. James Covington of 
Oakville conducted the business ses- 
sion. During the roll call each society 
was given an opportunity to ask ques- 
tions about the goals. 

A beautiful memorial service was 
held to remember those of the dis- 
trict who had been called home to 
be with the Lord. 

The Oakville ladies served a de- 
licious noon meal. 

The afternoon session was opened 
with the call to worship and group 
singing. Mrs. Lynn Dillman of Corinth 
presented the devotions. An offering 
amounting to $189.67 was taken for 
pre-seminary students. 

The address, "Venturing with 
Christ," was given by tlie District 
President, Mrs. William Meinke. 

This day of fellowship was closed 
with the singing of "God be With 
You" and the W. M. S. benediction. 



HARRY BERKSHIRE of 
the Masontown, Pennsylvania, 
Brethren Church, retired as president 
of the local Woman's Missionary So- 
ciety after thirty-two years of ser- 
vice. She was honored at a testimonial 
dinner on August 5. The vice presi- 
dent, Mrs. Wesley Walters, served as 
toastmistress. A song was sung in 
tribute to Mrs. Berkshire and she 
was presented a beautiful corsage by 
her sister, Mrs. James Brown. 

Mrs. Berkshire is the mother of 
four sons: J. Edgar Berkshire, pastor 
of the Tiosa Brethren Church; W. 
Clayton Berkshire, general secretary 
of the Mission Board; H. Francis 
Berkshire, pastor of the Papago Park 
Brethren Church; and Charles Berk- 
shire, who lives in Masontown and is 
associated with his father in the man- 



agement of the Masontown Lumber 
Company. She also has twelve grand- 
children. 

Two of her sons, Clayton and 
Charles, were able to be present for 
the dinner and expressed their 
thanks to their mother for the Chris- 
tian guidance and care she gave them. 
Her other two sons sent letters, also 
praising their mother for her love 
and devotion. 

A duet, "There Will I Follow 
Thee," her favoi-ite hymn, was sung 
by Mrs. Walters and Charles Berk- 
shire. 

Mrs. George Beal, the acting presi- 
dent, presented the honored guest 
with a lovely gift of luggage. After 
the singing of "Blest Be the Tie" the 
benediction was given by Mrs. Brown. 



The 

Woman's 

Corner 



by 

Helen 

Jordan 



GOD'S PANORAMA 

When I arose the other morn 
And looked out my back door, 

I saw a sight most beautiful 
It was a sight galore. 

The master artist had been at work 
He must have worked all night. 



And painted us a picture. 

In a beautiful gorgeous white. 
Talk about our art's and fame 

We don't even deserve the name, 
When we gaze upon His artistry. 

We bow our heads in shame. 
He paints His pictures worldwide 

His landscapes go beyond 
Our imagination, poetry and song. 

His excellency is not approached 
By what we think or do. 
If we want artistry just wait 

Till the master artist is through. 

— Sylvia Crouse, 

Columbus, Ohio. 



PAGE FOURTEEN 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



CHRIST LIVING IN 



Part One 



Galatians 2:20 "I am crucified with Christ: neverthe- 
less I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life 
which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the 
Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." 

CHRIST LIVING IN ME is put on a personal and in- 
dividual basis; and is yet to be all-inclusive to all 
the members and friends of this conference, and any 
others who may read these words. Christ has likewise 
put salvation on a personal but yet an all-inclusive basis. 
There is no man that can save another man's soul, but 
can only show him the way; he must make the decision. 

The world has, from the sin of Adam, been sur- 
rounded with sin and death. Death has for century upon 
century put fear within the mind, and sorrow and sad- 
ness in the heart. This is fear for not knowing what is 
to come, and sorrow for the loss of loved ones. 

Along with the disobedience of man toward God, sin 
brought into existence all manner of disease, sickness, 
sadness, curses, pain, etc., and in its finality, death. 
After Adam was dismissed from the Garden, he and 
his wife bore sons. Between the first two there was 
jealousy, and one killed the other because of it. This 
jealousy between men continued to multiply until the 
time of the flood. At this time many souls died and all 
that were saved were eight souls. Even after this time 
and to this day, jealousy continues to destroy men. 

Expressed over and over in the scriptures is the sor- 
row of many who had loved ones to pass away. For 
instance, the sorrow of Jacob when he thought that Jo- 
seph had been killed; Eli the Priest when his sons were 
reported killed. Even though they were sinful yet it 
made the father's heart heavy. Remember the sadness 
of Mary and Martha at the death of Lazarus their 
brother. 

The reason for depicting a picture of death is to ac- 
quaint us with the awfulness that confronts a person 
that does not know the value of the life eternal. Sin 
is upon every man. Because of sin, death has been 
brought forth as the way of escape from this life into 
the life eternal with God. If sin continues to its final 
end, then we have death; this final death comes at the 
judgment by God. 

Because of this, Paul speaks that he is crucified with 
Christ. He realizes that there is no other way for him 
to receive eternal life but to go through death; that is, 
the death of the cross. Christ said that "I must lay down 
my life that I might take it again" John 10:17. What is 
the meaning of the death on the cross today? Is it only 
a couple of boards nailed together and placed on a hill 
whereon a man died? What is contained in the death 



of the cross? Let us put this occasion under strict analy-j 

sis. I 

What were the reasons for Christ going to the cross? 

1. For the knowledge and presentation of the TRUTH. 

Christ came from God and knew all about the way to 
Heaven. In trying to present it to the lost sheep of the 
house of Israel, He was turned away in ridicule and 
anger. He tried to open the scriptures to them but they 
would not hear it. He tried loving them and they would 
not accept it. He chastened them in the temple and they 
would not and did not understand. They tried to corner 
Him in speech, but He always had the correct answer. 
All things that He did were as the prophets had prophe- 
sied in the word that was to come, but they could not 
see it. He read as one with authority, but they would 
not accept Him. They would not accept the TRUTH as 
it was presented to them, but crucified Him for it. 

2. He was crucified for revealing His true identity. 

John 5:43, "I am come in my Father's name, and ye re-j 
ceive me not; if another shall come in his own name," 
him ye will receive." 

3. He went there to bear the sins of the world, and 

even to become subject to the ultimate of sin which was 
death, for out of it would spring forth Life. Phil. 2:8, 
"And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled 
himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death 
of the cross." Not only was He obedient unto the cross, 
but in this He bore the sins of the entire world. "For 
God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the 
world, but tliat the world through Him might be saved." 

Now that we have found what it was that sent Christ 
to the cross, we might summarize what it was in others 
that made them crucify Him. As we see it there was 
jealousy, envy, strife, coveteousness, hatred, anger, pride, 
and so forth. 

What was it in the mind and life of Christ that per- 
mitted Him to go to the cross? It was LOVE, and from , 
this we derive its fruits which are: longsuff'ering, com- 
passion, concern, and heartache — these our Lord bore. 

Crucifixion is a painful, violent death; it is no light 
matter to destroy the life in sin when we are so filled 
with the things of interest about us that tend to draw 
us away from Christ. Therefore we are in the same po- 
sition as Christ when He was going through the hardest 
trial of Satan, which was hanging on the cross when He 
possessed the power to come down off the cross. But for 
you and me. He didn't. 

How many of us have found ourselves being put on 
the cross, and then for some more pleasant activity, we 
are willing not to go through with the full trial, and of 



JANUARY 21, 1961 



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ME! 



Mid-West District Conference Moderator's Address for 
1960, presented at Falls City, Nebraska on October 7th. 
Brother Kenneth Howard is pastor of the Brethren Church 
at Fort Scott, Kansas. 



Rev. Kenneth Howard 



aurselves come down off the cross? This is done with 
the power that we possess, and thei-efore we assert it. 
It was Christ who stayed on the cross. It is we who 
should be willing to stay with Him until we have gone 
through the same death to the world, coming into the 
new resurrected Life in Christ Jesus. If we are not will- 
ing to suffer with Him, then we cannot rise in glory 
with Him. 

Crucifixion is a purging, scourging and killing process. 
To purge is to be made free from, or clean from, filth, 
dirt, or sin. This is the final result of being crucified with 
Jesus Christ. I might say that before the crucifixion 
there is always a scourging to try to make a person 
become repentent, or to change his mind. When a per- 
son was not willing to change his mind with such a 
beating then he was sent to the cross if there was enough 
evidence to convict him. 

Christ was scourged and beaten, but He would not 
change His mind, nor save Himself from the death of 
the cross. He did this so that He could give the privilege 
and opportunity to the whole world to be released from 
the bondage of sin. Before we come to the cross in our 
lives we too are met with a scourging. Can we bear 
it or should we give in and take the easy way out and 
lose our own lives? 

It is through this type of life that Paul says "I am 
srucified with Christ". I have borne these many afflic- 
tions along with my Saviour. When Christ died. He died 
unto the Law. Now the Law had no right to judge a 
person of sin. Therefore Paul says, I am crucified with 
Christ, the law has no right to judge me of sin. He 
states in his letter to the Romans 7:5-6, "For when we 
were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by 
the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit 
[into death. But now we are delivered from the Law, 
that being dead wherein we were held; that we should 
serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the 
letter." If he is dead to sin then he is no more the ser- 
rant of sin. Romans 6:6-7, "Knowing this, that our old 
man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might 
be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 
For he that is dead is freed from sin." The final step 
is that Paul has become dead to the world and the world 
to him. Gal. 6:14, "But God forbid that I should glory, 
save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the 
world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world." In 
Drder to be the witness for Christ that we should be, 
ive must have the same experience that Paul had. 

Not only does Paul say that he is crucified, but his 
testimony is that now he has become alive. The only 
difference is that he has not come back to life the same 
person that died. His statement is that now Christ lives 



in him. He is no longer the old man of sin, for he states 
in II Cor. 5:17, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he 
is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, 
all things are become new." Paul is now stating that 
he is a new creature but not he alone, for Christ is liv- 
ing in him, as the Master has promised to all that will 
believe and accept Him. "I am the WAY, the TRUTH, 
and the LIFE, no man cometh to the Father but by Me," 
are the words of our Lord. Paul is totally aware of 
this. He says, "I have died unto the Law, and am made 
alive unto CHRIST". No longer does the Law have hold 
of my life. And though I am dead unto the Law, I am 
alive in Christ Jesus for evermore. 

Christ is the substance as well as the source of Life. 
"Because I live, ye shall live also," John 14:19. There- 
fore knowing that Christ is alive, he has full assurance 
that Christ is living in Him by the HOLY GHOST. 

Let us turn our thoughts, and ask ourselves. What 
do we mean when we say that Christ is living in men 
today ? Or should we take some other passion that be- 
came alive in man and see what it produced? Let us 
look into the life of Alexander the Great, with his 
great obsession of conquering the world. When he had 
about completed his task while in Babylon, he took sick 
with a fever and died at the age of 33. Napoleon thought 
he would take anything that he wanted, but found that 
he was badly mistaken and was put into exile. A man 
of our day received a living desire within himself to 
rule the world, but ended only in failure. This was none 
other than Hitler of Germany. Then we must turn to 
one whose dream is partly carried forth in the com- 
munistic world and that is of Karl Marx, as he seemed 
to turn the world upside down with his pen. All of these 
men had a living passion within them, but it was turned 
in the wrong direction. Their downfall was, not hav- 
ing with them and in them that which Paul had. They 
lived only to exalt themselves and not God. Because of 
this they were destined to fall. These men left every- 
thing come alive in them except Christ. Could this be 
a factor that is prominent in the church today? 

Paul said, "I live because I have been crucified with 
Christ". Yet the old Paul lives no more. A new Paul has 
taken his place because Christ now lives within him. 
Paul knew the importance of keeping the command- 
ments of Christ. He knew how to show that Christ lived 
in him. John shows forth the importance of the living 
Christ within a person. This we find in I John 3:24, 
"And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in 
him and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth 
in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us". 

(To be continued) 



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EVANGELISM PROGRAM FOR THE BRETHREN CHURCH 
March through Easter Sunday, April 2nd 

Prepared by the Evangelism Committee of the 
Central Planning and Coordinating Committee 



HEREWITH you will find a suggested program out- 
line from the Central Planning and Co-ordinating 
Sub-committee on Evangelism. It is a suggested pro- 
gram only. It may be used as an outline to co-ordinate 
the efforts and thinking of the brotherhood during this 
quarter and the days leading up to Easter Sunday. 

The suggestions have been compiled by Elder L. V. 
King and his committee, and are presented for your con- 
sideration. We trust that you will seek the Lord's guid- 
ance in this matter and pray that Brother King's ef- 
forts in your behalf will be of benefit to you and yours 
as you labor in His vineyard. 

Venturing with Him, 
John W. Porte, Field Secretary, 
General Conference of the 
Bi-ethren Church 



Theme: "Easter for Christ in Soul Winning" 

Text: Luke 19:21, "He sent two of His Disciples, saying. 
Go..." 

1 — Membership classes for all during January, February 
and March. 

2 — Three days of special Evangelistic calling or wit- 
nessing in the month of March. 

March 7 — To the inactive of the church 
March 14 — To the membership prospects 
March 21 — To the unsaved 

Women of the church calling in the afternoon. 
Couples calling in the evening. 

."? — Three special days of Praying or Seeking during 
March. 

General Theme: "That I May Be His Own" 
March 9 "Pray for Holy Spirit's Presence" Luke 
11:13 



March 16 "Pray for Forgiveness" Luke 18:13 
March 23 "Here Am I Lord, Send Me" Isaiah 6:8 
A stimulus to growth and an evidence of growth. 

-Special services during Passion Week. 

March 26 through April 2, 1961— Palm Sunday 
through Easter Sunday 

Sunday, March 26 — Palm Sunday 
"The Triumphal Entry" 

Luke 19:31 ". . .the Lord hath need of him". 

Luke 19:32 ". . .and found even as he had said".! 

Monday, March 27 

"Leaves Only" 

Matt. 21:19 

Tuesday, March 28 

"Christ's Unanswerable Question" 
Matt. 22:42 
Wednesday, March 29 
"The Silence of God" 
Rev. 8:1 
Thursday, March 30 

Every church of the brotherhood observing Holy 
Communion with a special effort to enlist 100% 
attendance. 
Friday, March 31 
"Weeping" 
Luke 22:62 
Saturday, April 1 

"Watching" or "The Sure Sepulchre" 
Matt. 27:66 
Sunday, April 2 

"A Day of Rejoicing" 
Matt. 28:8 

A day of rejoicing and receiving — a day of 
sharing. 



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1961 Publication Offering 



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Sunday School Suggestions 

The Sunday School Board of 
The Brethren Church 

by Dick Winfield 



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STUDY TO SHEW THYSELF APPROVED UNTO GOD 

STUDY TO SHEW THYSELF APPROVED UNTO 
GOD, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, 
rightly dividing the word of truth. 11 Timothy 2:15. 

The most important requirement laid upon Sunday 
school teachers is summed up in this verse from the sec- 
ond chapter of II Timothy. Study the word of God. 

Study for teachers as I see it can be divided into two 
iclassifications: personal, individual study and group 
study. Both of these are very important, and each is 
complimentary to the other. While the bulk of learning 
the word of God must be done by the teacher as an in- 
dividual, nevertheless, some study must be done in 
groups led by a competent instructor. Only in this way 
can many of the deep things of Scripture be learned 
and understood. 

In an effort to help meet this need for group study 
on the part of our Sunday school teachers, the Sunday 
School Board set up a program of teacher training. This 
program was developed to meet the expressed desire 
and need of many teachers for classes of instruction in 
the word of God. 

The program as it has been developed is aimed at 
meeting two needs of the teacher. It endeavors to give 
the teacher something to teach, and also to tell them 
how to teach it. Let us look at the first of these. 

A teacher may be a wonderful speaker, use all kinds 
of visual aids, and all the methods of teaching, but if 
he does not know what he is teaching — in this case the 
Bible — he is going to be a poor teacher. Therefore, the 
primary aim of the teacher training program is to give 
instruction in the Bible. The program outline is set up 
so that first, survey courses of the Old and New Testa- 
ments are offered. Then smaller sections are studied as 
units, and books are taken one by one. The program 
aims to give the teacher an understanding of the Bible 
as a whole, and also to impart a knowledge of specifics 
within the whole. 

The second aim of the teacher training program is to 
instruct the teacher how to teach. Methods of presenta- 
tion are considered. A consideration of the use of audio 
and visual aids is presented. In general the questions 
how can I present the lesson, and how can I make it 
more interesting are answered. To state the converse 
of what I said earlier, a teacher may know his Bible 
very well, but if he can not present it to others in a 
meaningful way, he will be a poor teacher. Therefore, the 
program attempts to meet both of these needs — a knowl- 
edge of the Bible and the best method of presenting it. 

It is interesting to me that we are so strict about the 
requirements our professional educators must meet, and 
so lax about the requirements our Sunday school teachers 
must meet. Teachers in our public grade schools are 
required to have at least two years of higher education; 



high school teachers are required to have four. We make 
it necessary for our ministers to have seven years of 
higher education. And yet when it comes to Sunday school 
teachers, the only requirement we make is that they be 
willing, and sometimes we do not even require that. 
Some churches make it mandatory that their teachers 
complete a prescribed course of study before they can 
teach. I doubt if most of our churches are in a position 
to do this; nevertheless, we should take advantage of 
what we have; we should learn more about and put into 
practice the teacher training program that has been 
prepared for us! 




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LOOKING FOR JESUS TO COME 

I'm yearning for the coming of my Lord 

As Martha yearned when Lazarus was dead; 

"If He were here my loved one would not die — " 
"If he were only here!" I've often said. 

I long to see the hands that bore my scars, 
To kiss the feet that walked up Calvary; 

I long to see the eyes that glow with love — 
For who like Christ has ever cared for me ? 

I long to touch His robe that healed mankind. 
To hear that voice whose vibrant notes and tone 

Will comfort every loneliness I've felt 

And conquer every heartache I have known! 

I'm yearning for the coming of my Lord, 
As did St. John on Patmos' rugged isle; 

I long to see Him come as King of kings. 

To hear Him say, "Well done," to see His smile. 

I long for Jesus as all lonely hearts 

Long for a dear one who has strayed away; 

"Oh, come. Lord Jesus!" is my spirit's cry — 
The theme of every prayer I ever pray. 

— Hazel Hartwell Simon 

WE MUST BELIEVE that Jesus, according to His 
promise, will appear again upon this earth (Lu. 
18:8). But do we realize that to love or not to love His 
appearing will mean gain or loss when He appears (2 
Tim. 4:8) ? When it was testified by Christ Himself to 
John on Patmos of His sudden coming, John was eager 
for Him to come (Rev. 22:20, 21). We, too, should love 
His appearing because it means we shall be with Him 
and with the saints of all the ages (1 Thess. 4:13-17). 
All the accounts will then be brought in and our faith- 
fulness will be rewarded (1 Cor. 4:5). 

Creation, under the effects of human sin, yearns for 
our full redemption (Rom. 8:19-22). The world has no 



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assurance of peace (Matt. 24:6), and the future until 
Jesus comes is fraught with distress of nations, perse- 
cutions, hateful propaganda and false doctrines (vs. 7- 
12). For the sake of men whose hearts are failing them 
for fear (Lu. 21:26) we should yearn for the coming 
of the Son of man (v. 27). The Returning One is the 
Son of the Householder who was cast out of His own 
vineyard and was slain (Matt. 21:39). He presently 
awaits the ripeness of time when He shall be properly 
vindicated (Heb. 10:13). Certainly we should want to 
see Him become earth's rightful Ruler (Psa. 72:7, 8) 
with all the blessings attending His rule! We should 
eagerly anticipate "the marriage of the Lamb" (Rev. 
19:7). That is our hope (1 Pet. 1:13). It is our purify- 
ing hope (1 Jn. 3:3). For we are God's people (1 Pet. 
2:9), and our love is "on things above" (Col. 3:2). 

Clap your hands, ye trees of earth! (Isa. 55:12) 

Sing, ye rolling seas! (Isa. 24:14) 

Soon will come the Majesty 

Who is King of these. 

Shout His praise, ye rocky crags! (Isa. 42:11) 

Let the islands sing! (Psa. 97:1) 

He who comes triumphantly 

Is our righteous King. 

Let the continents be glad! (Psa. 66:1) 

Let the waves rejoice! (Psa. 93:3) 

Hearken, ears of man and beast, 

For that sweetest voice! 

Hills shall sink and islands move, (Psa. 104:32) 

Fearful at His tread. (Isa. 42:4) 

Graves shall open at His voice, (Jn. 5:28) 

Giving forth their dead. 

Mighty manifesting signs (Lu. 21:25) 

Soon shall dramatize 

How the earth receives her King, (Lu. 21:26, 27) 

Coming through the skies! 

— Hazel Hartwell Simon 



Lesson 




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I Comments 

[ by 

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\ William H. Anderson 

Topics copyrighted by the International Council of Religious Education. 
Used by permission. 

Lesson for January 29, 1961 

WHY IS CHRIST OUR AUTHORITY? 

Lesson: John 5:9-24 

"ALL AUTHORITY hath been given unto Me in heav- 
en and on earth" (A.S.V. — Mt. 28:18). Thus spake Jesus 
to His disciples just prior to His departure into heaven. 
Because He was the God-Man, Jesus Christ rightly made 
this claim. No man enters into proper relationship with 
Christ until he recognizes and submits to His authority. 

In John 5 the Pharisees had the audacity to question 
Christ's authority. The healing of the impotent man by 
the Divine power of Jesus Christ, and its subsequent 
happenings, teaches us many spiritual truths. 



EVERY CHRISTIAN, LIKE THE IMPOTENT MAN 
HAS EXPERIENCED THE HEALING POWER OF JE 
SUS CHRIST. For 38 long years the man had been lame 
He was helpless. He was hopeless. Then the Mastei 
came, saw his need, and healed him. It was a day he 
never would forget. Neither will the grateful Christian 
ever forget the occasion when Jesus touched his life and 
healed his sin-sick soul! 

The Pharisees criticized Christ because He broke th( 
traditions of men. CHRISTIANS, BY THEIR VERY 
NATURE, ARE AT ODDS WITH THE TRADITIONS 
OF SOCIETY! The Saint's new spiritual nature is ir- 
reconcilable with that of the Sinner's. Consequently, the 
Christian just naturally conducts himself contrary tc 
that of the world. What he loves, the sinner hates; anc 
what he hates, the sinner loves. 

It is a sad state of affairs when the Christian's life 
is no longer a rebuke to the ungodly! The Early Chris- 
tians were so different that the world was forced tc 
take note "that they had been with Jesus" (Acts 4:13). 

THE PHARISEES QUESTIONED CHRIST'S AU j 
THORITY BECAUSE THEY WERE IGNORANT 01' 
HIS TRUE IDENTITY. They persecuted Him and tried. 
to kill Him for two reasons: 

1. "Because He... had broken the sabbath." I 

"The Sabbath was unbelievably sacred to the Jews 
In their Mishna (a compendium of the Law) they had; 
a list of thirty-nine things a man could not do or 
the Sabbath; one was that he could not carry a bedj 
To carry a sick man on a bed was all right, but tci 
carry only the bed was forbidden. That was labor i 
So they condemned Jesus for giving the order to pici 
up the bed" (Frank S. Mead). 

2. "Because He... said also that God was His Fatheri 
making Himself equal with God." Having willfully re-c 
jected the truth these "spiritual" leaders were so blinci 
that they could not see who Jesus was. 

Some of the most profound statements Jesus evei 
made about Himself and His relationship to the Fatheil 
are found in this chapter. Notice: j 

1. Christ claimed to be on an equality with God th«i| 
Father — "My Father worketh hitherto, and I workl' 
Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill Him, be 
cause He . . . said . . . that God was His Father, makinj 1 
Himself equal with God" (vs. 17-18). 

2. Christ claimed that His work was identical witl 
that of God the Father's — "The Son can do nothing o)j 
Himself, but what He seeth the Father do: for wha'' 
things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son like 
wise" (vs. 19). 

3. Christ claimed to be in such intimate relationshiiij 
with God that the Father shared all things with Him—] 

"For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth Him al 
things that Himself doeth" (vs. 20). 

4. Christ claimed that, like God the Father, He hai; 
power to give life — "For as the Father raises the deaoi 
and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whoni 
He will" (R.S.V.— vs. 21). 

5. Finally, Christ claimed that He was entitled to equa j 
honour with God the Father — "All men should honour th<l 
Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honouretlil 



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PAGE NINETEEN 



lot the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent 
Him" (vs. 23). 

What tremendous statements these are! How can any- 
me doubt the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ! 

WHY IS CHRIST OUR AUTHORITY? Because He is 
SOD! He is... 

"The blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, 
and Lord of lords; who only hath immortality, dwell- 
ing in the light which no man can approach unto, whom 
no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and 
power everlasting. Amen" (I Tim. 6:15-16). 



Spiritual fIDebitations 

Rev. Dyoll ReloU> 



thee." And again He has promised, "The just shall live 
by faith." So if we are afraid, it is a proof that our 
faith is weak. 

There is a fear that is commendable — the fear to 
displease God. And love for God is the reason for fear- 
ing to displease Him. Our love for our dear ones re- 
strains us from doing those things that would bring 
sorrow and worried concern to our friends and loved 
ones. And God is our BEST friend, the one who stick- 
eth closer than a brother. 

Christian scholars tell us that faith produces peace, 
hope and joy for those who are truly Christian. What 
cause for fear have we in this world if we believe that 
God upholds and sustains the right? God's ways are not 
our ways, and our TIME is His ETERNITY, and so He 
can complete His purposes in His own eternity. And so 
our best ticket on the train of time is stamped, "I will 
trust, and not be afraid." 



WHAT CLASS TICKET DO YOU USE? 

"Your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, 
lut in the power of God" I Corinthians 2:5. 

rO EXPRESS THE THOUGHT of the need of faith, 
an evangelist once expressed the truth in these 
rords: "You can travel to heaven first or second class, 
econd class is, 'What time I am afraid, I will trust;' 
,nd first class is, 'I will trust and not be afraid' ". 

The question comes, "Why should we be afraid?" Well, 
imply because it is a human characteristic, a weakness 
f the human disposition. But those who exercise faith 
fi God overcome fear. 

The Word is full of promised blessings to those who 
rust in Him. He has said, "Fear thou not for I am with 



ffiati tn l&tjst 



BOWMAN. Charles Bowman, 67, went to be with the 
Lord Oct. 21st. Member of the New Lebanon, Ohio, 
Brethren Church. Funeral services by the pastor. 

Charles C. Bader, Pastor. 

SHORT. Carl H. Short, 50, passed to his reward, Dec. 
15th, after a long illness. Member of the Oak Hill, W. 
Va., Brethren Church. Survived by his wife, one son and 
one daughter. Services by the pastor; interment. High- 
lawn Park cemetery. 

M. W. Dodds, Pastor. 



yIEWS 



from the 

BRETHREN 



SARASOTA, FLORIDA. Rally Day 
nd Homecoming were held on Jan- 
ary 8th, with Rev. Myrl Weyant as 
uest speaker at the afternoon ser- 
ice. 

Brother J. D. Hamel was speaker 
t the "Aloha Trailer" city on Christ- 
las Day. 

BETHLEHEM, VIRGINIA. Brother 
ohn F. Locke says that the Christ- 
las dramatization given in the Beth- 
ihem church on Christmas evening, 
'as arranged by former Brethren 
lissionary, Miss Veda Liskey, and 
lat it was "very good." 

HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND, 

irother George W. Solomon writes: 
On Christmas Day, ten new mem- 
ers (all adults) were received into 
le church. This brings the total mem- 
ers received in the little more than 



three years we have been here to 106. 
The Lord continues to bless our labors 
and is reaping a harvest of souls 
for His Kingdom." 

DAYTON, OHIO (HILLCREST). 
Brother Percy C. Miller notes that 
their church is now broadcasting the 
last half hour of their morning wor- 
ship service, 11:00 to 11:30 each Sun- 
day morning, over the newly-com- 
pleted Christian broadcasting station 
in Miamisburg, near Dayton. This 
station, known as "The Christian 
Voice of the Miami Valley", carries 
the call letters, WFCJ-FM, on a fre- 
quency of 93.7 on the dial. Brother 
Miller notes also that he is on the 
air over this station from 11:45 to 
12:00 noon each Saturday. 

NEW LEBANON, OHIO. Brother 
Charles C. Bader notes that ten of 
their young people received baptism 
on December 18th, being received into 
the church on January 1st. 

The Community Christmas Cantata 
given New Year's Evening in St. 



Peter's Lutheran church, was directed 
by Mrs. Howard Winfield, a member 
of the New Lebanon church. 

LOUISVILLE, OHIO. Louisville 
Brethren hosted the Monday evening 
service of the Union Week of Prayer 
Services, January 1st to 8th. 

SMITHVILLE, OHIO. One new 
member was baptized and received in- 
to membership of the church on Jan- 
uary 8th. 

MEXICO, INDIANA. A new elec- 
tronic organ was placed in the church 
just prior to Christmas, a gift of 
several members of the church. 

FORT SCOTT, KANSAS. Received 
into the church on January 8th were 
six new members by baptism. 



Glad expectancy strengthens faith, 
lightens labor, relieves monotony of 
life and inspires holy character. 

Sanctification won't produce uni- 
formity or union, but it will produce 
"UNITY." 



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JS^e Brethren Lai^man 




The 
Laymen's 
Meeting 

James E. Norris 



'EVIDENCES OF SALVATION" 

Topic for February 1961 



1 John 2:3-6; 1 John 2:20-29; 1 John 3:13-18; 1 Cor- 
inthians 2:14-15. 

Introduction: This year's total Church theme, "Ven- 
turing with Christ" is, first of all, based on the assump- 
tion that we are Christians, born again and that the Holy 
Spirit is in us. Roy L. Smith says, "Coming to maturity 
as a Christian is a long-time process in which no man 
has ever quite achieved completion. There is always at 
least one more virtue to be acquired, one more fault to 
be overcome, and one more grace to be added". We shall 
remember our topic deals with Evidences of Salvation, 
or. What can people see in us that shows them we have 
Salvation. If we are LIVING THE LIFE, PEOPLE WILL 
KNOW IT. Paul said to Timothy, "Let no man despise 
thy youth; but be thou an example to them that believe, 
in word, in manner of life, in love, in faith, in purity". 
These are Evidences of Salvation, The tree is known by 
the fruit it bears. 
Hymn — My Redeemer. 



Prayer By — 

Reading of the Bible Lesson. (Above Scriptures) 

Discussion. (Begin with these Questions) 

1. How do we know Him? 1 John 2:3 

2. What is said about one who says he knows Him 
but does not keep His Commandments? (Verse 4) 

3. What does it mean, "to keep His word"? (Verse 5) 

4. How should a Christian walk? (Verse 6) ] 

5. (Read 1 John 2:20-23) Discuss. It is believed John] 
wrote this Epistle to Jewish converts to warn them 
against loose doctrines. Some of these taught that mei 
might be children of light and yet walk in darkness 
When a person is born again he will no longer walk ii 
darkness; there will be a complete change come ove 
him and the light will shine out. How could one be i 
Christian and no one know it? (Read Matt. 5:14-16) 

6. What is the reward for Christian Living? 1 Johl 
2:25 

Answer — There are many rewards awaiting the Chris 
tian. The Saving of the Soul, deliverance from sin, an( 
punishment for sin are the greatest. Of course, this in 
eludes Eternal Life. 

Additional Scripture references to look up if needed 
Acts 4:11-12. Romans 1:16. Hebrews 2:3. Job 13:15-« 
1 Sam. 2:1-2. 2 Samuel 22:36. 

"Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you" 
John 3:13. (Discuss) 

7. How do we know we have passed from death unt< 
life? (1 John 3:14) 

8. Read and Discuss 1 John 3:15-18. 
Conclude the discussion for the evening by reading 

1 Corinthians 2:13-16. 

Sing Hymn — (O Happy Day) 

Prayer — 

(Some Laymen groups have in the devotional progran 
an extra feature, such as a poem, or a number by th( 
Laymen's Chorus, etc. Try to make your meetings o 
interest and your attendance will go up. After you hav( 
the devotional program, have the business session ant 
moments of relaxation before refreshments are served 
maybe a guessing game or a quiz.) 



NEWS BITS 

(capsule form) 



President Ike visited Johnstown Sunday, Dec. 11 (Litton, 
that is). He, his wife, and Mr. and Mrs. Metts, of Hagers- 
town and St. James, Md. dined with ye ed. and family 
and discussed some current problems facing the N. L. O. 
The prexy had the drive back home in the worst autumn 
snow storm in eastern history. Says he wants to visit 
many Brethren churches in '61. 

Tithing messages by LAYMEN of Trinity Brethren 
Church of Canton, Ohio were delivered on several Sun- 
days late in 1960. 



Did you know that: 

JAMES E. NORRIS, our "The Laymen's Program 
writer has a responsible position with the large pipi 
organ company in the St. James, Md., area? 

Our national treasurer, DELBERT MELLINGBR, ii 
one of Uncle Sam's trusted employees in the post offici 
at Ashland, Ohio? 

JAMES I. MACKALL, prominently mentioned in th< 
accompanying Vinco, Pa., article, is co-owner and operato 
with his brother, JACOB, in a large, modern hardwar 
store in that East Taylor Township town ? 

Our prexy, LITTON, owns and operates several sei 
vice stations in and about Hagerstown, Md. ? He'll ran 
you a U-Haul-It, too. (Ed). 



rANUARY 21, 1961 



PAGE TWENTY-ONE 



OUR MEMBERSHIP — First Report 
Harold K. Hall, NLO Sec'y. 

FIRST REPORT OF MEMBERSHIP FOR 1961 from 
Brethren Laymen organizations by district. Total 
nembership reported to date of November 22, 1960, is 
162. 

CENTRAL DISTRICT 

Milledgeville, Illinois — 14 

Waterloo, Iowa — 33 
FLORIDA 

Sarasota, Florida — 13 
INDIANA DISTRICT 

Bryan, Ohio — 8 

Denver, Indiana — 5 

Ardmore, Indiana — 18 

Goshen, Indiana — 23 

North Liberty, Indiana — 18 

Nappanee, Indiana — 53 

South Bend, Indiana — 26 

Warsaw, Indiana — 17 

North Manchester, Indiana — 11 
MID-WEST DISTRICT 

Falls City, Nebraska — 14 
PENNSYLVANIA DISTRICT 

Brush Valley, Pennsylvania — 16 

Johnstown III, Pennsylvania — 17 
OHIO DISTRICT 

Gratis, Ohio — 13 

Dayton, Ohio — 26 

Canton, Ohio — 14 

Louisville, Ohio — 21 

Garber, Ashland, Ohio — 7 

Ashland Park Street, Ohio — 15 
SOUTHEASTERN DISTRICT 

Oak Hill, West Virginia — 12 

St. James, Maryland — 12 

Linwood, Maryland — 10 

Maurertown, Virginia — 34 

Washington, D. C. — 12 



VINCO, PA., LAYMEN 

The October meeting of the Vinco laymen, held in the 
fellowship house, was well attended to hear a first-hand 
report from missionary superintendent James I. Mack- 
all's recent trip to the Home Mission station, Lost Creek, 
Ky. 

Mr. Mackall stated that he was deeply impressed with 
the work being done by the new personnel. He pointed 
out the extreme handicaps the people are working under. 
The station, he stated, has about 80 young people from 
this underdeveloped part of Kentucky that have come 
to the station for training. Space does not permit re- 
lating all the needs at this place as pointed out by Mr. 
Mackall. He advised that more people interested in mis- 
sion work should visit Lost Creek and see for them- 
selves the unlimited possibilities if sufficient support is 
accorded it from the Brethren denomination. Mr. Mack- 
all pointed out that cooking had to be done on two old 
coal and wood stoves for the entire teaching staff and 
student body. The water they used to cook and wash with 
was chocolate brown, coming from high iron content 
wells and rusty piping. Washing had to be done by hand 
most of the time. The school shop teacher was trying 
to teach boys woodwork handicraft without tools to work 
with. 

The needs of the people at this station were presented 
as so desperate that it was suggested the laymen bring 
the matter before the Vinco Sunday School. This was done 
the following Sunday. Even though the Sunday School now 
supports a foreign station with a $2,500 yearly project, 
they voted to support the Lost Creek work with whatever 
funds could be contributed to this work. 

With the interest that has now been taken toward 
this project, material and support is starting to flow 
in the direction of Lost Creek. With the local support 
from Vinco and Moxham churches, the cooking, wash- 
ing, cleaning and shop tool equipment has already been 
sent. Myers Pump Company has expressed interest in 
helping to correct the water condition by offering to 
send technical advisors to the scene. 

Don Leckey, Sec. Vinco Laymen 



GREAT MEN OF THE BIBLE 

3y Glenn D. Miller 

HE WAS THE CHIEF of The Seven, (commonly 
called Deacons), appointed to rectify the complaints 
n the early church at Jerusalem made by the Hellenists 
igainst the Hebrew Christians. His name signifies "a 
irown". He was a notable man who, after his appoint- 
tient, became more than ever a powerful preacher and 
I worker of miracles (Acts 6-8). 

He was a young man of such original genius and spe- 
:ial grace that there was nothing he might not have 
ittained to had he been allowed to live. His wonderful 
)penness of mind, his perfect freedom from all the pre- 
)ossessions, prejudices and superstitions of his day, his 
;ourage and spotless character, were all combined to 
nake him the foremost man of his day. 



STEPHEN, 

the first Christian Martyr 



(Our writer is brother Glenn D. Miller of Milledge- 
ville, 111., Brethren Church. Brother Miller is a farmer, 
president of his local laymen's organization and active 
in the church there.) 



Stephen was charged with blaspheming Moses and God, 
and the religious customs of the Jews. His speech in 
his own defense, and his execution by stoning outside 
the gates of Jerusalem are related at length in Acts 7. 

Stephen's personal character was very beautiful. As a 
man he was "Full of faith and of the Holy Spirit"; as 
a preacher, "full of grace and power"; before the coun- 
cil his enemies "saw his face as it had been the face 
of an angel." His last words were, "Lord, lay not this 
sin to their charge" (Acts 7:60). 



PAGE TWENTY-TWO 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



Brethren Youth 




GOD -INTOXICATED' 



MAN 



"I WOULD TO GOD the plowman 
would sing a text of the Scriptures at 
his plowbeam. And that the weaver 
at his loom with this would drive 
away the tediousness of time. I would 
the wayfaring man with this pastime 
would expel the weariness of his 
journey." 

William Tyndale, fatlier of the Eng- 
lish Bible, dedicated and lost his life 
for the purpose of putting God's 
word in the hands of his fellowmen — 
in their own tongue. Tyndale came 
into a world where the only Bibles 
were chained to pulpits in churches 
and these were mostly in Latin. To 
translate the Holy Scriptures into 
English would be an act of highest 
heresy. But tliis God-intoxicated man 
had a dream. 

Educated at Oxford and Cambridge, 
Tyndale became a teacher and a 
preacher, but his highly advanced 
views in religion caused trouble with 
the Church. Wishing to make his 
dream a reality, Tyndale sought per- 
mission to translate the New Testa- 
ment into English. The Bishop of 



London would not give his consent 
and William soon found "that there 
was no rowme in my lorde of londons 
palace to translate the new Testa- 
ment but also that there was no place 
to do it in all englonde." Therefore, 
this dedicated man went to Germany 
in 1524 where he lived and worked 
in either Hamburg or Cologne. 

In the year of our Lord 1526 Tyn- 
dale's first printing of his English 
translation appeared in Worms, where 
he had recently sought refuge. The 
Church in England ordered all copies 
to be burned, but interest was so 
keen that individuals risked their 
lives to smuggle copies into the 
country. At the same time, others 
were being printed. 

Tyndale's standard of translation is 
so high that all translators since 
have used a great many of his orig- 
inal words and phrases. Approxi- 
mately 80% of our King James Old 
Testament is his, and 90% of the 
New Testament dates back to Tyn- 
dale. He always sought to convey 
the beauty and passion of the original, 
along with the sense. This was ac- 
complished only through William Tyn- 
dale's close affinity with the minds 
who wrote the scriptures. The depth 
of his personality rather than his in- 
tellect made him such an incompar- 
able translator of the Bible — truly a 
God-intoxicated man! 

"The properties of the Hebrew 
tongue agreeth a thousand times more 
with the English than with the Latin. 
The manner of speaking is both one, 
so that in a thousand places thou 
needest not but to translate it into 
the English word for word, when 
thou must seek a compass in Latin, 
and yet have much work to translate 
it well-favoredly, so that it have the 
same grace and sweetness, sense and 
understanding with it in the Latin as 



it hath in the Hebrew," stated Tyn- 
dale. He added to the English Bilile 
what we might call charm. Consider 
his version of John 16:33: 

In the world ye shall have tribula- 
tion; be of good cheer, 
I have overcome the world. 

In the midst of Saxon words, Tyndale 
has placed the beautiful Latin word, 
tribulation. 

He has given us such fine words 
and phrases as: Jehovah, to die the 
death, in the sweat of thy face, the 
living God, sick unto the death, and 
uncircumcised lips. Strong disapproval 
of the Catholic Church is revealed 
when he uses congregation for Church, 
repentance for penance, and elder in 
place of priest. 

Besides the 1526 printing of Tyn- 
dale's New Testament, other print- 
ings were made in 1534-35. The Old 
Testament Pentateuch was printed in 
1530 and in 1531 came the book of 
Jonah. Despite extreme pressures and 
adverse conditions, William Tyndale 
completed these translations of the 
Bible. 

This consecrated man gave up his 
life for God's Word and his fellow 
countrymen. In 1535 he was seized 
and imprisoned for a year in the 
castle of Vilvorde. At the place of 
execution Tyndale was tied to a stake, 
strangled by a hangman and con- 
sumed with fire. With great zeal and i 
a loud voice, he cried, "Lord, open 
the King of England's eyes!" 

So, on October 6, 1536, in Vilvorde ■ 
near Brussels, the Father of the Eng- • 
lish Bible died with a cry for under- 
standing on his lips. Even as he died I 
at the stake, Tyndale's prayer was 
being answered in the personage of 
his successor. Miles Coverdale. 



ANUARY 21, 1961 



PAGE TWENTY-THREE 




The 

SENILE SUCCESSOR 



THE GENTLE successor. . .to Wil- 
iam Tyndale was Miles Coverdale. 
Dven as Tyndale suffered imprison- 
nent and finally execution, under- 
standing was coming for Miles Cover- 
lale. 

Coverdale completed the first Eng- 
ish translation of the entire Bible 
ind published it in 1535. In an un- 
iuthorized dedication to the King, 
Coverdale said, "Josias commanded 
straitly (as your grace doth) that the 
aw of God should be read and taught 
into all the people." Opposition to 
IJoverdale was much less than that 
jndured by Tyndale, however Cover- 
Jale did his translation outside of 
England also. The first printing of 
ais Bible was probably done in Zurich, 
Switzerland. For the first time in 
English history the plowman could 
read the Holy Scriptures in his own 
tongue, and copies were obtained for 
the home. No longer were Bibles 
Dwned only by the Church and chained 
to the pulpits. Interest was wide- 
spread and keen, for everyone was 
sager to read the Bible for himself. 
Many famous authors, such as Milton, 
Bunyan, Wesley and Donne, were 
greatly influenced by the English Bi- 
ble. 

Coverdale was not the scholar that 
Tyndale was, but he possessed a rare 
quality of translating the Scriptures 



into pleasing and readable English. 
He improved many of Tyndale's rough 
sentences such as: 

Tyndale: "For none of us liveth his 
own servant; neither doth 
any one die his own ser- 
vant." 
Coverdale: "None liveth to himself, 
and none dieth to him- 
self." 
By 1539, Coverdale had also edited 
a large portion of the Great Bible. 
Thus Miles Coverdale continued his 
productive translating work. This 
gentle but masterly man was the first 
to do a complete translation of the 
Bible by himself. 

We are indebted to Coverdale for 
such phrases as: loving-kindness and 
tender mercy, the valley of the shad- 
ow of death, thou anointest my head 
with oil, and they that sow in tears 
shall reap in joy. 

To give you a flavor of Coverdale's 
work, consider his translation of Mi- 
cah 4:3 with the King James Version: 
Coverdale: So that they shall break 
their swords and spears to make 
scythes, sickles, and saws there- 
of. From that time forth shall 
not one people lift up weapon 
against another, neither shall 
they learn to fight from thence- 
forth. 



King James: They shall beat their 
swords into plowshares, and their 
spears into pruning hooks; nation 
shall not lift up sword against 
nation neither shall they learn 
war any more. 
Or look at the comparison of Job 
38:7: 

Coverdale: When the morning stars 
gave me praise, and when all the 
angels of God rejoiced. 
King James: When the morning 
stars sang together, and all the 
sons of God shouted for joy. 
An interesting study of Coverdale's 
translating occurs in the Twenty- 
Third Psalm. Phrases original to 
Coverdale and retained in the King 
James Version are in bold print as 
follows: 

"The Lord is my shepherd, I can 
want nothing. He feedeth me in 
green pastures: he leadeth me be- 
side a fresh water. He quickeneth 
my soul, and bringeth me forth in 
the way of righteousness for his 
names sake. Though I should walk 
now in the valley of the shadow 
of death; yet I fear no evil, for 
thou art with me: thy staff and 
thy sheephook comfort me. Thou 
preparest a table before me against 
mine enemies: thou anointest my 
head with oyle, and fillest my cup 
full. Oh let thy loving kindness 
and mercy follow me all the days 
of my life, that I may dwell in 
the house of the Lord forever." 

The scholarly genius of William 
Tyndale led the way in English trans- 
lation of the Bible and Miles Cover- 
dale followed in his footsteps with a 
masterly touch. For beautiful, lyrical 
and moving English translations of 
the Bible we are eternally grateful 
for "A God-Intoxicated Man" and 
"The Gentle Successor." 



Materials for these articles were 
taken from the following: 
Butterworth, Charles C, The Literary 

Lineage of the King James Bible, 

U. of Penn. Press, 1941, 353 pp. 
Chase, Mary Ellen, The Bible and the 

Common Reader, Macmillan Co.: 

New York, 1944, 316 pp. 
Dinsmore, Charles Allen, The English 

Bible as Literature, Billing and 

Sons Ltd.: London, 1931, 310 pp. 
Grierson, Sir Herbert, The English 

Bible, Collings: London, 1947, 48 

pp. 



PAGE TWENTY-FOUR THE BRETHREN EVANGEUST 



jRn flppreciation and An Appeal 

TN TUNE WITH the New Year Spirit we wish to express our sincere 
thanks and gratitude to the many loyal Brethren who are faithfully 
supporting- our Brethren Publishing interests through their gifts and 
their renewal subscriptions to our new Evangelist. The first issue is off 
the press and we most sincerely commend our efficient staff, the editor, 
the shop foreman, the intertype operator, the make-up man, the press 
operator, and all other employees, for a fine job now well begun. The 
issue is a credit to the Brethren Church as well as to the staff, and future 
issues will become better as organization and new-press problems are 
completely solved. 

You Brethren, who have not yet renewed your subscriptions, are not 
disloyal but only cautious. We commend you, and urge that you read 
the first issue in its entirety. Enjoy the satisfaction of having in one 
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We need all renewals and many new subscriptions to meet increas- 
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We on the Board cannot meet the responsibilities alone. Your prayers, 
your subscriptions, and a large Publication offering are your part in meet- 
ing this challenge. 

We are counting on you. 

A. Glenn Carpenter, 
President of Board 

Rev. Phil Lersch, 
Vice President 



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EVAN6ELISP 

Official Organ of I5hc brethren Church 




LXXXIII 



January 28, 1961 



No. 4 



For 1960-61: "VENTURING with CHRIST" (II Peter 3:18) 



PAGE TWO 

THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 

EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor of Publications ..Rev. W. St. Clair Benshoff 

Board of Editorial Consultants: 

Woman's Missionary Society 

Mrs. Charlene Rowser 
National Laymen's Organization 

Floyd S. Benshoff 

National Brethren Youth Beverly Summy 

Missionary Board Mrs. Ida Lindower 

Contributing Editors: 

National Sunday School Board .... Richard Winfield 
Sunday School Lesson Comments 

Rev. William H. Anderson 

Prayer Meeting Studies Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 

Spiritual Meditations Rev. Dyoll Belote 

Evangelism Rev. J. D. Hamel 

Special Subjects Rev. H. William Fells 

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In This Issue: 

Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial: "Christian Literature in the Home" .. 3 

Missionary Board ■. 4 

Woman's Missionary Society 6 

Spii-itual Meditations 8 

Ashland College Chapel Choir on Tour 9 

Mid-West District Moderator's Address 

(Part II) Rev. Kenneth Howard 10 

News from the Brethren 12 

Coming Events 12 

News from the Churches 13 

World Religious News in Review 15 

Prayer Meeting Bible Study 17 

Sunday School Suggestions 17 

Sunday School Lesson Comments 18 

The Woman's Comer 19 

Brethren Laymen (Boys' Brotherhood Program) 20 
Brethren Youth 22 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIS, 

NOTES and COMMENTS 



ELDER GEORGE C. CARPENTER: 

Word was received in Ashland of the passing o 
Elder George C. Carpenter the morning of Januar] 
16th. For many years a resident of Ashland follow 
ing his active ministry, he and his wife later move 
to Miami, Florida, where his death occurred. Sif 
ter Carpenter survives. Funeral details were in 
available at this writing. Elder Carpenter was 
brother of Mr. A. Glenn Carpenter, president oj 
the Brethren Publishing Company. Christ bring 
words of peace and assurance of eternal life. 



CONFERENCE THEME PROMOTION: 

How are you promoting and using the Genera 
Conference Theme this year in your Church? Broth 
er George W. Solomon, of the Hagerstown, I\lary 
land, church sent us a picture and a story on on. 
phase of their use of the Theme, "Venturing Wit) 
Christ." It appears in the "News from the Churches' 
section of this issue. 

Write and tell us about how you are using th. 
Theme, sending snapshots of special features o 
activities, if you can. Share with other Brethrei 
churches through the pages of your church pape' 
the progress you are making through use of ou 
Theme this year. 



WE LIKE YOUR SIGNATURE: 

From time to time we receive news reports, shor 
news flashes, and even death notices from ou; 
churches, which bear no signature of the writer 
We do not like to run these without knowing whc 
has sent them in. If you are designated by youi 
church to send in such items, kindly attach you; 
name and address to your report. In so doing yoi 
will avoid unnecessary delay in getting your report 
into print. For this, the Editor thanks you. 



NO TWO SNOWFLAKES ALIKE: 

An astronomer specialized in the study of snow- 
flakes. Through a microscope, he photographed mord! 
than 2,000. Each snowflake was a geometricallj 
perfect design. Each one was unique. No two werd 
identical. God, in manifesting His glory, and to en-i 
hance our pleasure, fashioned each snowflake from 
a new pattern. Is it conceivable that He wouk 
have no definite personal pattern for His children J 




>?CH'^" 



\NUARY 28, 1961 

Y/E CANNOT escape the in- 
vV fluence of the type of lit- 
t-ature we read day by day, and 
ear by year. Tlie Christian is 
uitioned about the kind of Ht- 
rature which dominates his 
ome, for the subtle influence 
luses us to be what we read. 

In a gun factory a great bar 
f steel, weighing five hundred 
ounds, and eight feet in length, 
'as suspended vertically by a 
ery delicate chain. Nearby, a 
jmmon bottle cork was sus- 
ended by a silk thread. The 
urpose was to show that the 
jrk could set the steel bar in 
lotion. It seemed impossible, 
'he cork was swung gently 
gainst the steel bar, and the 
teel bar remained motionless. 

But it was done again and 
gain for ten minutes, and, lo, 
t the end of that time the bar 
ave evidence of feeling uncom- 
jrtable; a sort of nervous chill 
an over it. Ten minutes later 
nd the chill was followed by a 
ibration. Then at the end of a 
alf an hour the great bar was 
winging like a pendulum in a 
lock. 

We may say that it doesn't 
latter too much about the kind 
f magazines or books we read, 
because we read them and for- 
:et them." But we do not forget ! 
kch bit of reading matter de- 
oured by us leaves its perma- 
lent imprint upon our mind and 
oul. 

That is why we should be cer- 
ain that good Christian litera- 
ure is always at hand in our 
lome — for adults, for teenagers, 
or boys and girls. Look around 
^our home. How much really 
rood Christian literature do you 
lave available? When you "pick 
ip something to read" is it a 
I!hristian magazine or book? 
iVhen your children are gulping 
n page after page of reading 
naterial is it something good. 



PAGE THREE 



The Editor's Pulpit 

Qkristian Literature in the riome 



wholesome and Christian? Re- 
member, the constant tapping of 
our lives with the simple words 
of the English language will 
start our whole being swinging 
in the direction of the power 
of those words. 

Christian literature in the 
home begins with the Bible — 
God's Holy Word. Every mem- 
ber of the family should have 
his or her own Bible. Reading 
of the Bible should be left pretty 
much to the desires of the indi- 
vidual in the daily devotions, but 
there should also be in the fam- 
ily a well-defined program of Bi- 
ble reading together. 

At all age levels of children 
there should be suitable Bible 
story books. There is a plentiful 
and varied supply on the market 
today from the ABC Bible pic- 
ture and story books to good 
Christian fiction and non-fiction 
for grade school and high school 
students. Exciting true-life sto- 
ries of missionaries can make 
lasting impressions upon young 
people whom God would call to 
full-time Christian service. 

Tlie Sunday school quarterly 
and the church paper should 
have a very prominent place in 
the reading schedule of the 
Christian home. These provide a 
volume of good Christian read- 
ing and study materials. In ad- 
dition they provide the neces- 
sary working contact with the 
church at large. Coordination of 
Christian teaching and Christian 
service is made possible when we 
read faithfully the Sunday 
school quarterly and the church 
paper. 



The really sincere Christian 
will find time for reading Chris- 
tian literature in the home. In 
the first place, the Christian will 
do away with a lot of reading 
material which contributes noth- 
ing to his spiritual welfare. 
Trashy, cheap stuff will have no 
place in such a home; the chil- 
dren in such a home will be 
trained to avoid it. No set time 
can be recommended for the 
Christian home reading sched- 
ule of Christian literature. Sure- 
ly the Christian will feel the 
need for daily Bible reading. 
Reading of Christian books could 
become enjoyable in the evening 
hours. Studying the Sunday 
school lesson should be a week- 
long project — some each day. 
The church paper could find a 
prominent place at the breakfast 
table when a person could read 
portions of it day by day. 

Supplementary Christian ht- 
erature should include a good 
Bible Dictionary, a concordance, 
and a commentary. Daily devo- 
tional guides of a fundamental 
nature are a wonderful help. 
Courses in Bible instruction 
could also form a part of our 
Christian literature program in 
the home. Good Christian fiction 
and non-fiction books, plus a 
good Christian magazine and 
your church paper and quarterly 
would complete your basic sup- 
plementary literature. 

Again, we remind you that our 
lives are definitely moulded by 
the literature we read. Is what 
you are reading pointing you to 
the closer walk with Christ? 
W. S. B. 



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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



MISSIONARY DEPARTMENT I 



MISSIONARY BOARD OF THE BRETHREN CHURCH 
530 College Ave.. Ashland. Ohio. Phone 39582 



Concribnting Edil 



: W. CLAYTON BERKSHIRE. Gen. See'i. 
(MRS.) IDA LINDOWER. Adm. AmuImi ' 



COMMUNIQUE from the CHACO 

Jeanneff-e Solomon 



Amenabar 273 
Rosario (Santa Fe) 
Argentina, South America 

Dear Mrs. Lindower: 

"Hola! Que tal?" . . .1 thought per- 
haps the Evangelist readers or the 
Outlook subscribers might be inter- 
ested in the account of my unusual 
opportunity to attend a W. M. S. 
meeting of Toba Indian women while 
we visited the Chaco in Northern Ar- 
gentina in October while we were on 
our vacation. 

We were kept from attending a 
Sunday church sei-^'ice at one of the 
Indian churches by a heavy rainfall 
on Saturday afternoon and Sunday 
morning. The Millers (Elmer and 
Lois, our Mennonite missionary 
friends whom we had gone to visit), 
hesitate to leave the city if the local 
buses don't make their usual runs to 
the country, even though they have a 
jeep with four-wheel drive, for they 
have found that they lose much 
time and patience; at times they never 



even arrive at their destination be- 
cause of the very sticky and abundant 
mud. 

We were very sad to think of be- 
ing in Toba territory without even 
seeing a Toba. However, Thursday, 
October 27, the last day we were 
there, the sun shone with hot, drying 
effect; so we all piled into the jeep, 
dressed in old clothes — in order that 
we would not be dressed so much 
better than the Indians — to see our 
brothers and sisters in Christ, the 
Tobas. 

Scenic Attractions 

How I wish I could accurately de- 
scribe the beauty of the unusual 
flowers we saw on our way to the 
Indian church! There were waxy 
orange and yellow blooms of the huge, 
prickly cactus, the varying shades of 
green of the bushes and trees, the 
azure blue of the sky which was 
dotted with white, billowy clouds — all 
mingled with the brown dust of the 
road. We seemed to be the only ones 
traveling that morning, until we saw 



NEW TEN DOLLAR CLUB MEMBERS 

Miss Bernice Cobb — New Paris, Indiana 

Mr. and Mrs. Francis Weaver — New Paris, Indiana 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cobb — New Paris, Indiana 

Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Eubanks — New Paris, Indiana 

Mrs. Martha Cripe — New Paris, Indiana 

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Smoker — New Paris, Indiana 

Mr. and Mrs. O. O. Miller — New Paris, Indiana 

Mai-y Garver — New Windsor, Maryland (Linwood) 

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Bolinger — North Fairfield, Ohio (North Manchester, 

Indiana) 
Mr. and Mrs. John Randall — Warsaw, Indiana (Dutchtown) 
Gladys Shrum — Maurertown, Virginia 
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Humke — Roanoke, Indiana 
Mr. and Mrs. Max Smoker — New Paris, Indiana 
Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Stump — New Paris, Indiana 
Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Smith — Elkhart, Indiana 

TOTAL ENROLLMENT 1,042 NOW!! WHO WILL BE NEXT? 



I 
a cloud of dust on the horizon. As we 
approached it, we saw six "gauchos" 
(cowboys) with a herd of approxi-i 
mately one hundred head of cattle. I 
A small boy in the foreground wasi 
blowing a home-made horn. As wei 
watched the "gauchos" expertly guide' 
the cattle around our jeep, we thought' 
of the tales and songs of the 'Jld 
West in the U. S. 

We were going to League Fifteen; 
— so named because it is located fif- 
teen leagues from the city. This is 
one of the oldest of the Mennonite 
churches among the Tobas. ! 

Toba Customs 

Along the way we saw many Tobas '. 
in the cotton fields, hoeing. This is | 
hard work, especially all day long in j 
the hot, broiling sun of the Chaco,' 
but the missionaries say the Indians 
really enjoy hoeing because they make 
good wages. Cotton is the chief crop 
in the Chaco, because there is always 
a good market for the harvest. 

When a Toba has money, which he 
earns pi-incipally from hoeing cotton, 
he eats well and entertains his neigh- 
bors and friends. He would not hesi- 
tate in the least in killing his last 
animal to prepare a feast in honor 
of your visit, were you to go — even- 
though he knows there will be noi 
meat the next day. The Toba can- 
not, it seems, grasp the idea we have 
of saving some food, money, etc., for 
a "rainy day" or for a time when 
he might not have plenty. To him thisi 
is being stingy. No Toba likes a 
neighbor or friend who will not share 
even the littlest that there might be. 
If one family lacks food, they all suf- 
fer together. 

They have other ideas that differ 
from ours and at times present prob- 
lems to our missionary friends, the 
Millers. To see a neighbor's horse ■ 
standing idle in a field all day seems 
a shame, a waste to the Toba who 
has need of a horse for an errand. 
He doesn't ask to borrow the horse, 
for he knows the owner will refuse 
him, an Indian; so he "borrows" the 
horse to use for his errand and re- : 
turns him when it is "convenient." 
The Toba positively cannot under- 
stand why the owner becomes angry 



ANUARY 28, 1961 



PAGE FIVE 



nth him, for he only "borrowed" the 
orse; he didn't "steal" him. 

Visiting the church 

After leaving the dirt road we made 
ur own road through the tall grass 
nd mud until we arrived at a crude 
hurch, log-cabin style. As we got out 
f the jeep, we could hear the Toba 
romen singing choruses as they be- 
an their meeting. 

How I wish we had taken a tape 
ecorder to capture the singing of 
hose Toba women praising God in 
ong! They sang in a beautiful har- 
aony. Our missionary friends told us 
he Tobas always sing in "parts," a 
appella, and sound as though they 
lad practiced for a special occasion. 
Che music is even more beautiful, be- 
ause they change the melody of the 
lymns to fit their own, old scale, 
onsisting of five notes instead of 
ight. I never will be able to erase 
rom my memory the sound and sight 
)f these humble Toba women singing 
vith such simplicity and sincerity. 

Ken and Elmer stayed outside to 
alk to the Indian pastor who lived 
lose to the church. Lois and I en- 
ered the church and sat on one of 
;he rough-hewn benches. The women 
were just finishing a circle of prayer, 
and at the close they came to where 
we sat to greet us. Lois said they 
were especially happy to have another 
white visitor. 

Spiritual Fellowship 

The leader was not the pastor's 
wife, but a woman who understood 
more Spanish than the others. She 
began by speaking something in Toba, 
then asked Lois to speak. As Lois 
read a few verses of Scripture and 
gave a simple application, the leader 
listened very attentively; and when 
Lois had finished, she repeated the 
simple verses of Scripture and the ap- 
plication in Toba, so that all of the 
women present could understand. Sev- 
eral of the oldest women understand 
and talk only their own language. 

I, too, had an opportunity to greet 
the women and give a simple testi- 
mony. After the leader had trans- 
lated my thoughts into Toba, Rebec- 
ca and I — Timmy became very bash- 
ful at this moment and wouldn't par- 
ticipate — sang a familiar Spanish 
chorus. The Tobas, too, are interested 
in learning new choruses, just as we 
are. They sang this chorus, new to 
them, with us several times, to learn 
the words well. I would like to return 
some time to hear the chorus after 



they have put the words to their own 
tune. We sang various hymns — about 
eight in all, each having no fewer than 
four stanzas — and had the final 
prayer in which all simultaneously 
prayed their own prayer aloud. 

Here in this rustic Indian church, 
I felt very close to my Saviour as I 
worshipped with these Toba women, 
my sisters in Christ. How wonderful 
it is that — whether black or white, 
Indian, Argentine, North American, 
or African — all of us can be of God's 
family and know that He has a plan 



for each one of our lives. Please add 
these Toba Indians to your prayer 
lists and also our missionary friends, 
the Millers, who are striving to put 
the Toba language into writing so 
these brothers and sisters in Christ 
can also have a Bible in their own 
language. . . 

I hope you had a happy Christmas. 
We did, but missed the snow, familiar 
carols in English and the family 
circle. 

Love, 
Jeannette. 



SPOTLIGHT 



As A representative of the South- 
eastern District of Brethren 
churches, John F. Locke has served 
approximately 20 years on the Mis- 
sionary Board. For a number of years 
he held the position of vice president 
of the Board and has acted on various 
committees, providing sound judgment 
and a morale-boosting sense of humor. 
(He is presently a member of the Ni- 
geria Committee.) 

Dr. Locke, a native of Virginia, 
has been a member of the Maurer- 
town Brethren Church all of his life 
and has served as pastor of the Mt. 
Olive Brethren Church and the Beth- 
lehem Brethren Church since he com- 
pleted his college and seminary train- 
ing. 

John Locke was born (July 16) at 
Woodstock, Virginia. He attended 
Massanutten Academy and Ashland 
College, where he received the A.B. 
degree; at Boston University he 
earned the M.A. degree, and at Yale 
University the B.D. degree. In more 
recent years he was honored by hav- 
ing the L.L.D. degree conferred upon 
him by Ashland College, in recog- 
nition of his outstanding achieve- 
ments and contributions to the entire 
Brethren denomination. 

This native of the State of Vir- 
ginia married a gracious lady of the 
same name — the former Virginia 
Funkhouser of Harrisonburg, Virginia. 

Dr. Locke lists among his hobbies 
travelling and writing. In pursuit of 
the former, he has toured extensively 
in Europe, the Holy Land, North Af- 
rica, the United States and Canada; 
in pursuit of the latter hobby, he 
writes comments for the Brethren 
Sunday School Adult Quarterlies as 




John F. Locke 



well as regular columns in several 
Virginia newspapers, one of which he 
has contributed to for the past fif- 
teen years. He enjoys public speaking 
and farming; but preaching holds first 
place — and we might add, a great 
many people find his preaching de- 
lightful and stimulating. He lists 
among his special likes "reading, 
friendly people, and dogs of the same 
character." 

The Missionary Board is proud to 
claim this gentleman as one of its 
members. 



PAGE SIX 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIS' 



3f ; 



The Woman's Outlook 

The Garber Brethren Woman's Missionary Society 
Mrs. Norma Weaver 



WHEN JESUS was just a lad of 
twelve, His mother found Him 
one day in the temple talking to the 
learned men of that time. I imagine, 
being worried at His disappearance, 
His mother scolded Him and we know 
that Jesus answered her by saying, 
"Don't you know that I must be about 
my father's business?" It has been 
the aim of the Garber Brethren Wo- 
man's Missionary Society to be about 
our Father's business. 

Since we had our beginning as a 
Mission church, we are constantly 
mission minded. Oftentimes Chris- 
tians feel they are limited or left 
out of things because they cannot get 
on a boat or plane and travel to 
some far off foreign shore to tell 
the people there the story of our 
Lord. If they would just stop and 
think for one moment, they would 
realize that every Christian man, wo- 
man and child has a mission in life, 
and that is to try to win at least one 
soul to Christ. Therefore we are all 
missionaries, whether it be here at 
home or in a foreign land. 

Those who are blessed enough to 
be called to a foreign mission in Af- 
rica, the Argentine or to a home mis- 
sion such as ours in Kentucky, need 
the help of us who are left behind. 
Therefore, to keep the work from 
falling on a few willing shoulders the 
churches have organized groups for 
all ages. The men have their Lay- 
men's group, and sponsor a Boys' 
Brotherhood. The women have their 
Missionary Society and sponsor a 
Junior and Senior Sisterhood. 

With this thought in mind the 
ladies of the Garber Brethren Church 
organized their Woman's Missionary 
Society and joined the national or- 
ganization in November 1950. There 
were about ten members at that time, 
with Mrs. Elsie Fells as president, 
Mrs. Austin Devore as vice president, 
Mrs. Thomas Craig as secretary, and 
Mrs. Ray Owens as treasurer. Meet- 
ing twice a month, the group followed 



the program as planned in the OUT- 
LOOK at one meeting and met for 
work or social activites the other 
meeting. Their first project was pre- 
paring a Christmas box for a needy 
family. 

In the past ten years, Garber W. 
M. S. can be credited with many im- 
provements made in the church. 
Among them is the kitchen, and new 
draperies (several times) for the 
sanctuary. Christian and American 
flags, a new furnace, and new towels 
for the feet washing service during 
our Holy Communion. These have 
been paid for by many money-making 
projects, the most recent of which 
have been the Christmas Bazaars held 
the last three years. 

The W. M. S. sponsors a very active 
Junior and Senior Sisterhood. These 
girls do many helpful things: they 
always have a wonderful public ser- 
vice; they roll bandages, help with the 
Mother-Daughter banquet, etc. 

We are happy to say that Garber 
has missed very few times in being 
a banner society. We are always well 
represented at both District and Na- 
tional Conferences. One of our big 
projects has been a friendship quilt; 
we now have enough blocks finished 
to begin setting them together into 
a quilt. Though we have discussed 
several ideas about what we will do 
with the quilt when it is finished, 
we have not decided anything definite. 



SPOTLIGHT ON YOUR CHURCH 
AND W.M. S. 

With this article the Woman's Mis- 
sionary Society begins a series de- 
signed to acquaint our women (and 
all our Brethren) with the widely 
varying church groups we have in 
the Brethren Denomination. Each ar- 
ticle is prepared by a representative 
of the W. M. S. in the church featured, 
and the W. M. S. editorial staff. These 
will appear in the fourth issue of 
the month. 



An outstanding meeting that our 
members still talk about was the Feb- 
ruary meeting in 1958 when Regina 
Rowsey and Betty Isenhart gave a 
combined review of our Mission Study 
Book. We later sent subcriptions of 
CHRISTIAN LIFE to the Solomons 
and the Rowseys. Another project we 
enjoyed was sewing for the Shank 
children when their missionary family 
was home on furlough in 1959. We 
occasionally furnish cupcakes to the 
Ashland County Home as part of our 
work in the Ashland County Council 
of Churches. We helped with the re- 
ception following Carl Barber's or- 
dination. 

Our Garber Brethren Church as a 
whole has a visitation program for 
new members and for inactive mem- 
bers. We have a good start on a 
church library. We send a gospel team 
to a local rest home every Sunday af- 
ternoon. We have a Junior Church 
and several different Bible Study 
groups for all age groups. 

Our church has served residents 
of the eastern section of Ashland for 
many, many years; however, we have 
just recently become a full-fledged 
Brethren Church. The first building 
was erected by Rev. A. L. Garber, a 
Brethren of long standing, who felt 
that this part of Ashland needed a 
church building. Through the years 
he maintained the building for small 
groups who organized their own 
church groups. After his death, his 
daughters offered the land and build- 
ing to the Park Street church for use 
as a mission work in Ashland. With 
the help of students from Ashland 
College, Park Street officials coop- 
erated with the residents in the neigh- 
borhood to begin building a Breth- 
ren Church. One of the best student 
helpers was Bill Fells. When, some 
time later, the Park Street congrega- 
tion felt that the Garber Memorial 
Church was ready to go forward on 
its own toward full church status, 



ANUARY 28, 1961 



PAGE SEVEN 



hey asked Rev. William Fells to come 
lack as fulltime pastor. 

Under the dedicated guidance of 
lev. Fells and his family, the Gar- 
)er church has grown both in numbers 
md in church plant into an estab- 
ished Brethren Church. It serves as 

beacon in a section of Ashland, 
)hio, where there is no other church. 
The residential section of small, fam- 
ly-owned homes is expanding more 
md more. Though the families in this 
ihurch are far from wealthy, they 
ind a wealth of real Christian love 
;o give to their community through 
;his small, white church named Gar- 
jer Brethren Church. Students from 
Vshland College find a ready welcome, 
;oo, with these people, and a chance 
;o help in all phases of church and 
Sunday School work. Truly the church 
jeople, ably assisted by the W. M. S., 
)f the Garber church are "about our 
Father's business." 

Memorials 

Mary Elizabeth Sheeley 

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Sheeley passed 
away on November 7, 1960, after an 
illness of several years. She was 
seventy-seven years of age. 

During the many years of her mem- 
bership in the St. James Brethren 
Church she was always faithful not 
only in attendance at services but 
she served in many other capacities. 
She served her Lord as pianist, Sun- 
day School teacher and was an active 
W. M. S. member. Her memory will 
always be a blessing to all who knew 
and loved her. 

The funeral services were conducted 
by Reverend Freeman Ankrum and 
her pastor. Reverend Frank Rottier. 
» * * 

Gladys E. Burnworth 

Mrs. Gladys E. Burnworth, who re- 
sided in Eaton, Indiana, passed away 
in November following a three 
month's illness. She was sixty-eight 
years of age. 

Mrs. Burnworth was the widow of 
Reverend Edward E. Burnworth, a 
former pastor in the Brethren Church. 
He preceeded her in death in 1954. 
She is survived by one son and five 
grandchildren. 

Funeral services were conducted at 
the Pitman Funeral Home by the 
pastor of the Eaton Methodist Church. 
Burial was in the Union Cemetery, 
near Eaton. 



W. M. S. Useful Information 

NATIONAL W. M. S. OFFICERS 

Honorary President— Mrs. U. J. Shively, 301 W. Market St., Nappanee, Ind. 
President — Blrs. Russell Rodkey, Rt. 1, Kokomo, Indiana 

First Vice President— Mrs. Elton Whitted, 128 Parkwood Drive, Ashland, 0. 
Second Vice President — Mrs. J. M. Bowman, 1146 Gary Court, Elkhart, Ind. 
General Secretary— Mrs. H. M. Jordan, 1401 W. Second St., Waterloo, Iowa 
Ass't. General Sec'y.— Mrs. Robert Holsinger, 2303 Lane St., Falls City, Neb. 
Financial Sec'y.— Mrs. J. Garber Drushal, 136 E. University St., Wooster, O. 
Treasurer — Miss Dorothy Carpenter, 407 Claremont Ave., Ashland, Ohio 
Literature Secretary— Miss Helen Shively, 1005 Masters Ave., Ashland, Ohio 
Ass't. Lit. Sec'y. — Miss Catherine Benshoff, 152 Wilson St., Johnstown, Pa. 
Honorary Literature Secretary — Mrs. D. A. C. Teeter, Winona Lake, Indiana 
Editor of the Outlook — Mrs. Donald Rowser, Smithville, Ohio 
Business Manager — Mrs. A. L. DeLozier, 333 Samaritan Ave., Ashland, Ohio 

DISTRICT ORGANIZATIONS 
Pennsylvania 

President — Mrs. George A. Leidy, 6 Harmony Drive, Conemaugh 
Vice President— Mrs. Henry Bates, Rt. 1, Mineral Point 
Secretary-Treasurer— Mrs. Ruth Barkhymer, 405 Beatrice Ave., Johnstown 

Southeastern 
President— Mrs. Mark Logan, Rt. 1, Bridgewater, Virginia 
Vice President — Mrs. John F. Locke, Maurertown, Virginia 
Secretary-Treasurer— Mrs. Harold Hall, 105 Miller Ave., Oak Hill, W. Virginia 

Indiana 
President — Mrs. William Meinke, 1220 Mishawaka Ave., Mishawaka 
Vice President— Mrs. Howard Fisher, 2751 Southridge Drive, South Bend 14 
Secretary-Treasurer — Mrs. George Loucks, 119 Huron St., Goshen 
Financial Secretary— Mrs. Han-ison Bowers, 253 E. Broad St., Nappanee 
Assistant Secretary-Treasurer— Miss Edna Carson, R. D., Twelve Mile 

Ohio 
President— Mrs. John Dillon, 521 S. Church St., New Lebanon 
Vice President— Mrs. Forrest Albright, Rt. 5, Alliance 
Secretary-Treasurer— Mrs. Lloyd Brown, 1837 5th St. S. E., Canton 7 
Assistant Secretary-Treasurer— Mrs. Dale Long, 637 Buena Vista Ave., Ashland 

Central 
President — Mrs. Gladys Snoke, Cerro Gordo, Illinois 
Vice President — Bliss Zola Saum, Udell, Iowa 
Secretary-Treasurer — Mrs. Raymond Aspinall, Lanark, Illinois 

Mid-West 
President — Mrs. Lauren Lietsch, Carleton, Nebraska 
Vice President— Mrs. Edith Gulp, Fort Scott, Kansas 
Secretary-Treasurer — Mrs. Lee Howard, Mulvane, Kansas 

Northern California 
President— Hazel Crom, Rt. 1, Box 800, Escalon 
Vice President— Shirley Mullins, 549 E. 9th St., Stockton 
Secretary-Treasurer — Tesibel Frey, Lathrop 

GENERAL INFORMATION 
Send to Mrs. J. Garber Drushal, 136 E. University St., Wooster, Ohio: 

1. National apportionment of $2.00 per member, payable $1.00 in January 
and $1.00 in June. 

2. Public Service offering for Seminary and benevolence. 

3. Thank offerings and project offerings which are not taken to National 
Conference. 

Send to Mrs. Donald Rowser: 

All material for publication in the Woman's Outlook. 

Send to Mrs. A. L. DeLozier: All Woman's Outlook subscriptions. 

Note: Each society MUST REVISE its subscription list and send in com- 
plete revision at least once each year. 

Send to Miss Helen Shively: All orders for books and literature. 

Send to your W. M. S. District Secretary: 

1. Your District dues. 

2. Your District Mission Support of $1.00 per member. 



PAGE EIGHT 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST ' 



S. M. M. 



The Watered Garden 

W. B. Anderson 



T HAVE a precious memory. It is 
-'■ the memory of a garden that 
I happened upon one tired midsum- 
mer's morning, in the midst of a tor- 
rid plain in India. I was weary, 
travel-stained and thirsty, when, over 
the drooping head of the horse, I 
saw a clump of trees on the far hori- 
zon. I hoped it might be a garden. 
It seemed ages until we should reach 
it. When we arrived under the spread- 
ing branches of great mango trees, 
a cool zephyr, as grateful as the 
fanning of angel's wings, rippled over 
my parched cheeks. . .Before dawji 
there had been a shower of rain, and 
now the gardener was running the 
clear, cool water from the irrigating 
well all about among the trees and 
shrubs. Everywhere leaves were 
green and flowers were bright... The 
air was laden with intoxicating odors 
and jasmine. I stooped to bathe my 
hand and face in the cool waters of 
the fountain's basin. Then, from its 
joyous spring I drank until satisfied 
...The driver called, and I hurried 
out again across the stifling heated 
plain. I had tarried for so short a 
time, but I was a new man. I carried 
away the song of the garden in my 
heart, and its echoes shall never die 
from my life. 



I was making the same journey 
another year. The road was more un- 
inviting than before; the weatlier was 
hotter, and I was not only weary, but 
ill. But I had a memory. For hours 
I longed and looked for the place 
of the garden refreshing. At last we 
came to the shade of its trees. 
Wearily and weakly, but eagerly, I 
climbed from the seat of the tortur- 
ing, springless cart. With unsteady 
steps I entered the door of the gar- 
den. The trees were gray with dust. 
The flowers drooped in the heat. The 
little water courses were parched and 
dry. The fountain was stopped. My 
soul sank with weariness, and I turned 
away sick at heart to finish the tor- 
turing journey unrefreshed. At the 
door I met the gardener, I asked him 
why his garden languished so. He ex- 
plained, with a guilty look that he 
had been absent attending to affairs 
of his own for a week. I asked him 
if the raja would not be vexed at 
the neglect of the garden. He ex- 
plained that the raja had gone to the 
mountains for a month. Then I knew 
that the garden had been neglected 
because the master's orders had been 
disobeyed. He intended that every 
traveller might be refreshed. But his 
gardener had not been faithful. 



I have a precious memory. It is 
the memory of a friend... His life 
was wet with the dews of heaven. .. 
he breathed the very life of God. I 
sat and communed with him, and from 
his life there flowed into mine rivers 
of living water. 

In the time of need and anguish 
I came again to that friend. I ran to 
meet him as a shelter in distress. 
I found him and entered into com- 
munion with him. But the fountains ■; 
of his life seemed to have dried up. i 
The fountain of his friendship was 
still there, but its waters had been ■ 
hushed. The King had intended that 
this garden, this life, should be kept 
perpetually refreshing for the souls 
of all who might come to it, but the 
King had not been obeyed, and the 
living water had not been kept flow- 
ing, and I went away unrefreshed. 

Then I prayed, "Oh, God, keep 
flowing into me, and within me, and 
from within me Thy waters of living ; 
water for the health and joy of other i 
men. Oh, King of Life, make my life i 
a watered garden." 

The Brethren Evangelist, 
April 10, 1937 



Happiness is a by-product of help- 
fulness, j 



Spiritual fH>ebitation6 

Rev. Dyoll Belote 

WHAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE? 

"Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith 
the Lord of Hosts." Zech. 4:6. 

THE ACQUIRING of peace has been the search of 
humanity through the centuries. True peace comes 
through hands and hearts working together in the effort 
to accomplish mutual understanding. 

Even the United Nations, while doing much to bring 
about world understanding, has not yet been able to 
bring the nations of the world together on a common 



ground. The common ground which is sought is one of 
acknowledging differences and mistakes, seeking (and be- 
ing willing to correct those mistakes), respecting one ^ 
another, and working together to bring about unity. 

Peace will come by adhering to the spirit of Christ 
in dealing with great problems — be those problems per- 
sonal, national or international. If men will enter into • 
the search for world peace in the proper attitude of I 
spirit, they shall flnd and experience it. 

It has been tritely remarked that "We cannot have ^ 
peace among nations until we have peace among our- 
selves; we cannot have peace among ourselves until we; 
have peace within ourselves; we cannot have peace with- • 
in ourselves until we have Christ within our hearts." 

We are either instruments of peace in our daily liv- ■ 
ing or we are instruments of strife. WHICH ? THE ; 
SPIRIT OF CHRIST IN OUR LIVES MAKES JUST! 
THAT DIFFERENCE. 



JANUARY 28, 1961 



PAGE NINE 



'4SHLAND COLLEGE CHAPEL CHOIR 

to make 

ANNUAL CONCERT TOUR 










^ um^' It i4 *f rF.^ '^P 



rHE ASHLAND COLLEGE Chapel Choir goes on tour, 
January 28th through February 6th, traveling 
hrough Indiana and Illinois, going as far west as Water- 
00, Iowa. 

Brethren in tlie areas wliere concerts are scheduled 
hould avail themselves of the opportunity to hear this 
■xcellent choir. The choir will present a program of some 
if the greatest choral literature of all time. Included 
vill be sacred music from the 16th to the 20th centuries, 
:horales and spirituals. In addition, the choir will feature 
leveral selected soloists. 

Brethren churches in which these concerts will be given, 
md the time of the choir's appearance, is as follows: 

NORTH MANCHESTER, INDIANA 
Sunday, January 29th— 10:30 A.M. CDT 

ELKHART, INDIANA 
Sunday, January 29th— 5:00 P.M. CDT 

NAPPANEE, INDIANA 
Monday, January 30th— 7:30 P.M. CDT 

MILLEDGEVILLE, ILLINOIS 

Tuesday, January 31st— 7:30 P.M. CST 

WATERLOO, IOWA 

Wednesday, February 1st— 7:30 P.M. CST 

LANARK, ILLINOIS 
Thursday, February 2nd— 7:30 P.M. CST 

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA 
Sunday, February 5th— 10:30 A.M. CST 

NEW PARIS, INDIANA 
Sunday, February 5th— 4:00 P.M. CDT 

BRYAN, OHIO 
Monday, February 6th— 7:30 P.M. EST 



In addition to these scheduled concerts in Brethren 
churches, the choir will also sing in at least a half-dozen 
high schools along the route of travel. 

The Chapel Choir, which appears regularly in chapel 
services at Ashland College, is a select group of 42 stu- 
dent singers representing all departments of the college. 
For the past decade, the group has been under the di- 
rection of Professor Calvin Y. Rogers, who, in addition 
to his work with the choir, is chairman of the Depart- 
ment of Music at Ashland. Under his direction the choir 
has achieved notable success in its program of sacred 
music, and has been highly praised by musicians and 
laymen alike. Recently the group was honored with an 
invitation to appear in a program before the national 
convention of the American Federation of Music Clubs 
in Columbus, Ohio. 

During the past Christmas season, the choir was 
featured on three Ohio radio stations, WNCO Ashland, 
WMAN Mansfield and WRFD Worthington. 

Student personnel of the Ashland College Chapel Choir 
on tour are: 

Joyce Funkhouser, Lydia Kurtz, Dana Gardner, Lois 
Zickefoose, Carolyn Gehman, Betty Meyers, Beth Isgrig, 
Ann Lindower, Lavaughn Kindley, Margaret Kindley, 
Nancy Norton, Bev Bollinger, Maxine Eichelberger, Betty 
Kennedy, Annetta Henman, Beulah Wysong, Shirley 
Wiley, Pat McQueen and Ann Tallman. 

Richard Beck, Dave Hathaway, Jerry Nickles, Russ 
Zickefoose, Jim Sluss, John Miller, Brad Weidenhamer, 
Bud Clem, Bill Sample, Charles Green, Dave Sattler, Tom 
Grisso, Jim Urban, Gary Klepser, Dave Wells, Carl Leedy, 
Gene Telego, Chuck Bame, Bill Keifling and Tom Hitch- 
cock. 



PAGE TEN 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



CHRIST LIVING INI 



Part Two 



SINCE WE HAVE the living Christ within us, what 
are our responsibilities and duties? Here are a few 
of the more important ones: 

1. We should seek to grow in the understanding of 
God's Word. When we first become children of God, we 
must feed on the sincere milk of the Word that we may 
grow thereby, I Pet. 2:2. But we are not supposed to 
continually feed on the milk. I must admit that there 
are too many milk-fed Christians who are still in the 
baby stage and who have never progx-essed any farther. 
This is the main reason for a portion of stagnation. It 
is about time that Christians get out of the diaper and 
bottle stage, and begin to eat the meat and wear the 
clothing of a CHRISTIAN. If we are not willing to grow, 
then we have no right to call ourselves CHRISTIANS. 
Christ says in the Revelation that if you are lukewarm 
He will spew you out of His mouth. A lukewarm Christian 
is one that is not willing to grow after he has come 
to know Christ, but is willing to let someone else do his 
part. 

Every successful business finds it necessary to grow 
or go out of business. Then why, when the business of 
being a Christian is the most important, do we treat it 
as though it is a failing business ? 

2. Every Christian should be a SOUL WINNER. The 
Christ that is living within us by the Holy Spirit has 
also commissioned us to be soul winners. If you are a 
Christian and do not know how to lead a soul to the sav- 
ing knowledge of Christ, then I say to you that you are 
still in the bottle and diaper stage. 

The Scriptures say that ye shall know them by their 
fruits. Have you produced any fruit lately? If you have, 
what kind has it been? Might it be worthy to present 
before Christ, or might you be ashamed of it? We are 
also told that the fields are already white for harvest, 
and that we are to pray the Lord that He will send forth 
LABORERS into the fields. He has not told us that He 
would not call US to do the work. If you ask Him to 
send forth laborers, be ready to go yourself, for He 
may call you. Into what fields of employment or voca- 
tion do we encourage our children? The majority en- 
courage them in anything but full-time Christian work 
for the Lord. Why is this so ? Because it is that which 
we know the least about. If each one would realize the 
importance of spreading the Gospel, it would not be long 
until we would look at our secular occupation as sec- 
ondary, and the spreading of the Gospel FIRST. 

The Great Commission was given not only to the 
Apostles, but was given to all that would hear. "Go 
ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in 



the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy 
Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever 
I have commanded you: and lo I am with you alway, 
even unto the end of the world." 

3. Our Prayer and Bible study should not be neglected, 
Isaiah speaks to Isi'ael of the importance of making 
definite contact with the Lord, for he states in Isaiah 
55:6, "Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye 
upon him while he is near." Isaiah knew how far Israel 
was straying away from God and tried to warn therR 
of the impending danger of getting too far away that 
they could not find their way back. Today I am trying 
to present the same warning to you, that we seek the 
Lord while He may be found. This can be done through 
the channel of Prayer, while He is still near us. 

There used to be the day when Prayer Meetings were 
filled with the great desire to have God hear a person. 
Now our Prayer Meetings seem to be like a morgue, 
I have visited many different churches, and I find the 
same thing in most all of them. When and if a person 
does pray you can hardly hear them or make out what 
is being said. If the pastor would stand in the pulpit and 
pray in this manner, it would not be long until the con- 
gregation would be looking for another man. Are we 
losing the way to reach God in our prayers, or is it that 
we are ashamed or afraid to speak before Him ? 

Matt. 7:7 says, "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, 
and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto 
you." Have we come to the point when we no longer 
know how to ask, and if we do get up enough courage 
to ask, is our job finished then ? Some would seem to 
think it is, and have gone about pointing an accusing 
finger toward God for not answering their prayer. But 
we are also told in that same scripture that we are 
to seek if we intend to find. Not only are we to ask, but 
we are to search and hunt in order to find. It is our 
responsibility to study and search the Word of God thaj; 
we might find the answer, and know how to use that 
which we find. 

Paul says in Philippians that we should let our re- 
quest be known unto God, by prayer and supplication 
in thanksgiving. He also addressed Timothy that he 
should study to show himself approved unto God, a 
workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly divid- 
ing the word of truth. 

It makes no difference what type of occupation we 
embark upon, we find it necessary to go through a train- 
ing period to be good at that occupation. But in the 
Sunday Schools we feel that anyone should be able to 
get up in front of a class and teach it, without any 



ANUARY 28, 1961 



PAGE ELEVEN 



ME! 



Mid-West District Conference Moderator's Address for 
1960, presented at Falls City, Nebraska on October 7th. 
Brother Kenneth Howard is pastor of the Brethren Church 
at Fort Scott, Kansas. 



Rev. Kenneth Howard 



itensive training. People, I must caution you that you 
re in the greatest business in the world, and it must 
e treated in that manner. If we expect to have good 
iunday Schools, then we must have well-trained teachers, 
'eachers must be willing to receive training, and pas- 
ors willing and ready to give it. Then it is to be used. 

4. That our church does not fall into a "form of god- 
iness" and deny the power thereof. There is the greatest 
rend today in the world to have the form of godliness 
ut no power within that form. The church of today 
3 placing more and more emphasis on the social and 
ecular activities than on the real worship. What are the 
hings that are commonly known as forms of godliness? 
'hey are the same things that promote a good Spir- 
tual church, if filled with the Holy Spirit, such as: reg- 
lar attendance of the services of the church, tithing, 
tudying God's word, being constant in prayer, filling 
he office to which you have been elected or appointed, 
inging in the choir, playing the piano, taking up the 
ffering, attending the various organizational meetings 
f the church, etc. All of these things, if God is living 
n them by Jesus Christ, then I say you are moving 
head. But if He is not alive in them, then I say that 
ou have the form of godliness and are denying the 
lower thereof. If Christ be living in us as individuals, 
,nd we are the church, then we will have the CHURCH 
^LLED WITH LIFE, and one MUST press onward 
nd upward. 

In light of this message I now make the following 
ecommendations to the Mid-West District Conference 
f 1960. 

1. That every church purchase at least one copy per 
amily of the book "OUR FAITH". This is the newest 
lOok off the press telling the History, Bible doctrine, 
.nd Christian commitment of the Brethren Church. This 
an be distributed by either selling a copy to every fam- 
'y, or giving it to them. Every family of the Brethren 
/hurch should have one in their home and then make of 
t a special study. The reason for this recommendation 
s to acquaint the people of the Brethren Church with 
irhat they have accepted as their belief. 

There are deacons and deaconesses that are not fully 
iware of the meaning of services such as Communion, 
mointing of the sick, and other duties so designated 
o them that are practiced by our church and that we 
eel are very important. This has without doubt come 
rem the lack of Pastoral training and instruction. This 
nust be changed. 

2. I recommend that every church subscribe to the 
Jrethren Evangelist 100%. This is our church paper and 



there is no excuse that every family does not have this 
paper in their homes. The price has just been increased 
to $4.00 per year. This will include in January the Lay- 
man's magazine, The Brethren Youth Magazine and the 
Woman's Outlook, along with continuing the regular 
Evangelist as it is now. This will make four papers in 
one. All the news of the Brethren Church will come to 
you every week, with many helps in the way of Sun- 
day School work, Prayer Meeting, along with news and 
suggestions of each of our organizations. The Fort Scott 
church is not financially situated to give everyone a free 
subscription, but they have decided to pay $2.00 on every 
subscription of each family of the church. Then, giv- 
ing encouragement to everyone to purchase one subscrip- 
tion per home, are looking forward to being 100% by 
January. 

3. The third recommendation that I make is that we 
give consideration to the election of the Moderator of the 
conference. This can be done by appointing a commit- 
tee which can make a study and report back to the con- 
ference either during this conference or the conference 
of 1961. 

I recommend that the Moderator be elected so that he 
is not ending his term of office with his Moderator's 
Address, but only beginning it. This means that a man 
would be elected at the conference as he is now, but 
would not take office until the conference the year fol- 
lowing. 

The reason I make this recommendation is so the Mod- 
erator has the privilege of presenting his program, 
and then being the one who has been given the authority 
to carry it along through the year. This way the recom- 
mendations that have been made in the Moderator's ad- 
dress would not fall from our minds so fast after con- 
ference as they do now. How many here remember the 
recommendations that were made last year by our past 
Moderator, Rev. Holsinger? Or should I say. How many 
remembered them one week after the conference ? 

If the Moderator would have the authority to promote 
his program, and who would know his program better 
than he, the recommendations would have been before 
us all year long. We would have had the encouragement 
to fulfill them more so than we have now. 

As the system is now, the incoming Moderator is to 
carry on where the outgoing Moderator has left off. Who 
is better qualified to carry on the work of such a pro- 
gram than the one who has presented it? 

4. Since we are now starting a youth conference, con- 
sideration should be given to the time of this conference. 
Because of the great distances that divide our churches, 



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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



we cannot expect our Young People to take off school 
all the time for conference. In that they are the ones 
that are going to be taking over the responsibilities in 
the future, we should give them the opportunity to un- 
derstand the procedure of Conference. The Moderator is 
aware that there are many complications that might set 
in, in considering a change, but he feels that it should 
be put under study, and a report be brought back to next 
conference. 

5. The fifth recommendation that I make is that we 
make a special effort to effect a Laymen's organization, 
and have it become active in every one of our churches. 

6. I recommend that we give to Brother Richard 
Trefren a vote of thanks for the work he has started 
in producing a District News Letter. I further recom- 
mend that we see to it that someone in each of our 
churches prepares a news letter by the 15th of each 
month and send it to Brother Trefren. Then in turn he 
will compile them and make several copies and send them 
to each of the churches of the district. Also a copy 
should be sent to the Editor of the Evangelist in Ash- 
land, Ohio, that he may glean any news he may want and 
put it in the national paper. 



7. I recommend that each one of our churches set up 
a budget system. Again there is no form of prosperous 
business that does not use this system. I think in the 
business tliat is most important that we should be most 
efficient. Each church should formulate a budget, and 
do its best to meet its goal. For the first time in the 
history of the Fort Scott church we have set a budget. 
Where it had been very hard to meet a very small amount 
now we are meeting a giant. The budget is being met, 
it has not been easy but it is being done. And I am sure 
that by the end of the year that we will be far over 
what we have expected. If we ever intend to develop 
mission points, we are going to have to sit down and 
COUNT THE COST, and make plans. Where can we 
find a better place to start than in our churches, by 
formulating a budget? 

I make these recommendations that by the Grace of 
God we can more than accomplish them and go to greater 
heights in the work of God, and embark by the Grace 
of GOD into a greater BIISSIONARY WORK for HIM 
and HIS KINGDOM. 

I AM SURE THAT THIS CAN BE DONE WHEN 
WE CAN SAY "CHRIST IS LIVING IN ME". 



NEWS 

from the 

BRETHREN 

MANSFIELD, OHIO. Sixty-five 
men answered roll call at the January 
16th meeting of the Northeastern 
Ohio Laymen's Rally hosted by the 
Mansfield organization. A delicious 
ham supper was served by the ladies 
of the church. Rev. Richard C. Hash 
brought an inspiring message which 
was well received by the men. Plans 
were made for the second annual All- 
Ohio Laymen's retreat at Camp Beth- 
any in May. The next NEO Rally will 
be at Akron Firestone Park Breth- 
ren on April 17th. 

SMITHVILLE, OHIO. Roy Amstutz 
brought the message at the evening 
service on January 15th. 

One new member was received by 
baptism recently. 

NEW LEBANON, OHIO. The men 
of the Miami Valley Laymen's Organ- 



ization were guests of the New Leb- 
anon laymen on January 16th. Sched- 
uled as speaker following the banquet 
was Major Donald C. Bader of the 
Air Materiel Command at Wright 
Field. The film, "How Many Stars 
Are There?" was also scheduled to 
be shovsm. 

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA. Pastor 
John T. Byler was devotional speaker 
over WNDU and WNDU-TV the week 
of January 16th. 

FLORA, INDIANA. The Rainbow 
Girls' Assembly attended the Flora 
church's morning services on January 
8th. Brother Arthur H. Tinkel notes 
that attendance for the day was 168 
in Sunday school and 190 for church. 

GOSHEN, INDIANA. To better ac- 
quaint all parents with the admin- 
istration and facilities of their Sun- 
day school, Goshen Brethren con- 
ducted "open house" the evening of 
January 16th. Each department of the 
Sunday school was visited, giving ev- 
eryone a cliance to see how the depart- 



ments are conducted. Classroom ma- 
terials were also shown and discussed. 

MUNCIE, INDIANA. The W. M. S. 
public service is scheduled for Feb- 
ruary 5th. 



COMING EVENTS 

ROANN, INDIANA. Revival meet- 
ings, Feb. 20-Mar. 3. Rev W. E. 

Thomas, Evangelist; Rev. Herbert Gil- 
mer, Pastor. 

FREMONT, OHIO. Revival services, 
Jan. 29-Feb. 10. Rev. Jim Black, Evan- 
gelist; Rev. Carl H. Phillips, Pastor. 



SOUTHERN INDIANA 
LAYMEN'S MEETING 

Roann, Indiana 

February 20th 

Supper: 6:00; Program: 7:45 

DST 

J. C. Draper. 






ANUARY 28, 1961 




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lAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND, CHURCH 

PROMOTES CONFERENCE THEME ON 

CHURCH BULLETIN BOARDS 



I 




Above is a picture of one of our bulletin boards carry- 
ing the advertisement for the Conference Theme. The 
larger part of the sign remains permanently for the year, 
while the lower part is changed each month, and carries 
the Sub-Theme of each month. Each of our organizations 
is asked to support the Theme of the Month in some 
manner in their group. Messages during the month are 
directed and related to the Theme. 

George W. Solomon, Pastor. 



MATTESON CHURCH — BRONSON, MICHIGAN 

The Lord is truly blessing here at Matteson. Rev. 
Herbert Gilmer spent a week with us, November 28 to 
December 4, organizing a visitation program. We had 
soul-winning classes the first three nights and went out 
the last of the week for the actual calling in the homes. 
From our efforts during this week of visitation we had 



PAGE THIRTEEN 

55 for Sunday school and 72 for church. These figures 
broke all records of the Matteson Church. 

As a result of this, the members are setting aside 
one night each week for calling. 

We want to express our thanks and appreciation to 
the Roann Church and to Rev. Gilmer for taking such 
an interest. 

In the near future we plan to have new Sunday school 
partitions because we are trusting our Marvelous Lord 
for continued growth in this great field which is ready 
to harvest. 

We are praying that the Lord will send us more 
reapers. 

Venturing with Christ, 
Buck Garrett, Pastor. 



TRAVEL AMONG THE CHURCHES 

Greetings to all the Brethren, in the name of our Won- 
derful Lord. 

We offer no apologies in coming again to the readers 
of our own church paper, the Evangelist, with a report 
of our ministries for the past months under the above 
title. 

Our schedule has taken us into a number of places. 

Our first stop was with the Brethren at Brighton in 
late August. It was here that the writer preached the 
third sermon of his ministry fifty-seven years ago. Since 
that time we have served as pastor and conducted sev- 
eral evangelistic meetings for other pastors. Here is 
one of our small but better churches. They have a very 
convenient and comfortable church plant and parsonage. 
They serve a large community. It was a day of real 
blessing and fellowship. They are worthy of the best 
attention and ministries that can be given them by the 
church at large. 

Again, for three Lord's Days in succession in late 
August and early September we found ourselves as the 
guest speaker in the church at North Manchester in 
the absence of the pastor. We always find it a joy and 
delight to preach for the Brethren here. I was never 
a regular pastor for this church, but it was here that 
I received my first impressions and my first schooling in 
the Brethren faith under the ministry of the late Brother 
L. 0. Hubbard, a classmate in Manchester College. Later, 
I conducted a short meeting for Dr. R. J. Schultz. This 
church has a wonderful opportunity as a whole-gospel 
church in North Manchester in "times like these". This 
is our home at present and here we worship when not 
engaged in other fields. 

Our next scheduled visit found us at Flora where we 
had been invited to speak at their annual Homecoming. 
We were greeted by many friends of other years, for 
it was here that we lived with our family fifty years 
ago; where we have conducted several revival meetings 
since, and where God in His mercy was pleased to give 
us a goodly harvest of souls; the first year of our pas- 
torate just fifty names had been added to the member- 
ship roll. The work today bears evidence of the faith- 
ful ministry of many pastors since. The work is pros- 
pering at this time under the faithful shepherding of 
Brother A. H. Tinkel. 

On the following Lord's day it was our privilege to 
speak for the Brethren, in the morning worship service. 



PAGE FOURTEEN 

at Burlington, Indiana. This was the occasion of their 
fiftieth anniversary. Here the writer, together with the 
late Elder Jonathan Swihart, organized the Brethren 
church in Burlington fifty years ago. 1 was pastor at 
Flora and Darwin. Being asked to conduct a revival in 
the old Salem church just out of town that had been 
closed for some time, we consented and it was out of 
the results of this meeting, together with a number of 
faithful brethren in and around Burlington that this 
church was formed. They have a good well-kept church 
plant and parsonage. Brother Elmer Keck is currently 
serving the church and doing a nice work. 

Along with these speaking engagements it was our 
privilege to attend dedication services for new educational 
buildings at North Liberty and Loree, where we shared 
a part in the services of those days of dedication. Here 
in both these fields we lived with our family in other 
days and where we witnessed many precious souls giv- 
ing their hearts and lives to the Lord, as we ministered 
in both pastoral and evangelistic work. To Him who 
giveth the harvest be all the glory. These churches are 
to be congratulated on these forward advances. 

Again, we shared in the fiftieth anniversary services at 
Denver, Indiana. Brother A. T. Ronk had been with them 
for a week in special meetings. It was a pleasure for 
this preacher to have a bit of fellowship with him again 
as well as to meet the many Brethren here with whom 
we labored in times gone by. This writer conducted a 
revival in Denver before the church was organized. Again, 
it rejoices our hearts to observe how the Lord has led 
them and blessed them through this past half-century. 

Now, we have finished our journey "Among the 
Churches" in the noi-thland and find ourselves as these 
lines are being written at Sebring, Florida, where we 
are spending a brief time before finishing our stay in 
the sunny south at Sarasota. Here at Sebring we are en- 
joying a vi^onderful fellowship with the Church of the 
Brethren. We were invited to speak at their mid-week 
service, which we did, speaking from the theme, "The 
Scarlet Thread." There were one-hundred thirty-seven 
present which I believe was the largest mid-week ser- 
vice this preacher ever attended. December 4th, we were 
invited to bring the morning message at the Lorida 
Church of the Brethren, sixteen miles distant, where a 
full house of very interesting folks greeted us. 

Though the years have crept in upon us, we are en- 
deavoring to keep busy, carrying on the work of our 
Lord, doing "the work of an evangelist, making full 
proof of our ministry". 

And now, if the Editor permits, I would like to add 
this word which has to do with our "one and only church 
publication" soon to make its appearance in new form. 
We are praying that it will be all that we are hoping and 
planning for. But to do that it is going to depend upon 
every last church and every pastor in our brotherhood. 
We have a "What is doing in the Churches" column. 
This writer has wondered many times if there isn't any 
more "doing in the churches" than that reported on this 
particular page. Brethren, honestly, is it possible that 
there hasn't something taken place in our church that 
is worth telling about? 

There are some of our churches that have failed the 
editor and failed in making our official church paper 
what it ought to be and could be, if every one would 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 

do their part in sending in for publication that which 
has been a blessing to your church. WE WOULD LIKE 
TO KNOW ABOUT IT AND SHARE WITH YOU THE 
VICTORY AND THE BLESSING. 

I should like to see every pastor, whether he pastors 
a large or small church, report the work of his church 
at least four times a year. Some of our churches haven't 
been heard from for so long a time that they are almost 
forgotten. 

Brethren, it is going to take more than meeting in an 
annual conference and voting that we are going to have 
a NEW type of church paper. That is possible; it can 
be new and bigger and better only as every minister and 
every lay leader lays it upon their heart to make it so. 
This preacher has been a subscriber to the Evangelist 
for more than fifty years. I shall continue to do my 
humble part through the years ahead as our Lord shall 
direct. Thus I challenge you, my brethren in the ministry, 
wipe the dust off of your typewriter and send in those 
articles of interest to our great church family. Personally, 
I am waiting to hear from you. 

'Take heed unto thyself, and unto thy doctrine; con- 
tinue in them; for in so doing thou shalt save thyself, 
and them that hear thee." 

C. C. Grisso. 



LEVITTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA 

We at Levittown are truly singing praises to God ' 
for His many blessings among us in the month of No- 
vember. We set a new attendance record each Sunday 
during the month of November with the average at- 
tendance being 111%. Our previous attendance record had' 
been set on September 25th with 102 present. Our record 'i 
attendance now is 117 for November 27th. We thank God » 
for this victory and ask your continued prayers. 
Mrs. Charles Clague, 
Corresponding Secretary. 



LANARK, ILLINOIS 



On November 6th, the Lanark, Illinois, First Brethren i 
Church celebrated its 75th birthday. A basket dinner i 
was enjoyed at the noon hour; a program and dedica- 
tion followed in the afternoon. Several were present i 
who have been members for more than 60 years. Our 
oldest living member is Mrs. Mary Peters, "Grandma 
Peters" as she is known by all. She will be (the Lord ' 
willing) 100 years old this coming July. 

New amber-colored glass windows were installed in 
all the church windows. This was a gift from the fam- 
ily, and in memory, of Mrs. Lizzie Lower and "Aunt" 
Allie Lutz. Both were very faithful to their church and ' 
beloved by all. 

The Sr. B. Y. C. boys and girls undertook the big 
project of turning the northwest room into a nursery 
for mothers with wee ones to use during the morning ; 
worship hour. They sponsored a paper drive, bake sale, 
pumpkin pie sale, collected old iron, and worked like 
"beavers" to swell their treasury. The project ran into 
considerable expense, since the room had to be sound- 



A.NUARY 28, 1961 



PAGE FIFTEEN 



roofed. A new wall, plate glass window and a new door 
ad to be installed. However the youths reached their 
oal and the nursery and new windows were dedicated 
y the pastor, Rev. Ray Aspinall, and the congregation. 
L loud speaker was also given for the room and installed 
rom our speaker system by Mr. Lloyd Peters. We are 
iroud of these accomplishments that add so much beauty 
nd usefulness to our church. 



The Sunday School and teachers are preparing our 
Christmas program, using the adult and youth choirs. 
Bliss Ruth Diffenderfer, a recent Ashland College grad- 
uate, is directing both choirs. The program promises 
to be a wonderful inspiration and glory to our Lord at 
this Christmas Season. 

Mrs. Diffenderfer, 
Church Corr. Secretary. 






fAZI MURDERER 
IAS NO REGRETS 

NEW YORK (EP)— Lt. Col. Adolf 
ilichmann, Nazi Gestapo officer who 
ounded up millions of Jews for exe- 
ution during World War II says "I 
egret nothing." 

"I will not humble myself or re- 
lent in any way," he is quoted as 
aying in the second installment of 
lis memoirs published in a recent is- 
ue of Life. 

"I could do it too cheaply in to- 
lay's climate of opinion. It would be 
00 easy to pretend that I had turned 
uddenly from a Saul to a Paul. No, 

must say truthfully that if we had 
:illed all the 10 million Jews that 
Gestapo Boss Henrich) Himmler's 
itatisticians originally listed in 1933, 
'. would say, 'Good, we have destroyed 
in enemy.' " 

Eichmann gave his story to a Ger- 
tian journalist in Argentina before 
he ex-officer was abducted last 
ipring by Israeli agents. He is now 
n Israel awaiting trial. 

iVORLD PEACE CONFERENCE 
HAPPED 

VIENNA (EP)— Prague, Czecho- 
ilovakia has been chosen as the site 
'or the "All-Christian World Peace 
Conference," according to Prague Ra- 
iio. The event is reportedly Com- 
nunist-inspired, although arranged 
lere by members of the Working 
Committee of the Christian Peace 
Conference. Prominent Protestant 
:hurchmen from East and West Eu- 
rope belong to the Committee. 

The meeting, which brought to- 
gether the Conference planners, was 



headed by Dr. Joseph Hromadka of 
Prague, a member of the Central 
Committee of the World Council of 
Churches. Dr. Hromadka has fre- 
quently been criticized by Western re- 
ligious leaders as an apologist of the 
Communist regime in his homeland. 



SCHOOL BOARD VETOES 
GIDEON PROJECT 

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (EP)— The city 
school board here has rejected a re- 
quest from the New Castle Camp of 
Gideons International to make New 
Testaments available to public school 
students. 

The action was taken in spite of the 
fact that the Gideons pointed out that 
63,000 copies of the Bible already 
had been distributed in Beaver, But- 
ler and Lawi-ence Counties. Under the 
Gideon plan, parents and ministers 
must first consent to the distribution. 

In turning down the bid, the New 
Castle school board cited an opinion 
of the Department of Justice which 
said distribution of Bibles to students 
is "in violation" of the U. S. Consti- 
tution. 



SCHOOL DISTRICT TO 
CONTINUE BIBLE DISTRIBUTION 

EDMONDS, Washington (EP)— De- 
spite objections from some parents, 
the Edmonds School Board has an- 
nounced that the practice of distrib- 
uting Gideon Bibles to fifth grade 
pupils in the district will continue. 

Dr. David L. Clarke, board presi- 
dent, instructed Harold E. Silvernail, 
superintendent, to prepare a written 
policy for formal adoption by the 



board at its next meeting. Board 
members said the Gideon Society had 
been distributing Bibles containing the 
New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs 
in the fifth grade for many years, 
with the oral agreement of successive 
school boards. 

Dr. Clarke said he had received two 
telephone calls of protest from parents 
whose children had received the Bi- 
bles. 



THE BIBLE — STILL JAPAN'S 
BEST SELLING NON-FICTION 

TOKYO (EP)— Once again the Bi- 
ble turned up at year's end in Japan 
as the nation's top non-fiction best- 
seller in 1960. Total sales: 1,886,909 
Volumes. 

This total is second only to Bible 
distribution in the United States 
which last year recorded annual sales 
of more than 10,000,000 volumes. 

The Japan Bible Society states that 
since the end of World War II, a to- 
tal of 27,074,553 Scripture volumes 
have been sold. Only 18,000 copies 
were sold in the entire period from 
1876 to 1944. 

Bible quotes increasingly appear- 
ing in Japanese newspapers and col- 
porteurs are said to be helping to 
boost sales of the Bible in Japan. 



MINISTER REFUSED 
PERMISSION FOR MISSION 
IN RUSSIA: SEES RED 
ATTITUDE TOUGHENING 

DALLAS, Tex. (EP)— After four 
years of trying in vain to win Soviet 
permission to establish a church mis- 
sion in Russia, a young Dallas min- 
ister has returned from Moscow con- 
vinced that the Communist policy to- 
ward the West is toughening. 

Said the Rev. R. J. Smith, minister 
of the Urbandale Church of Christ, 
"The cordiality and limited coopera- 
tion with which I was greeted on my 
past three visits was noticeably ab- 
sent." He added, "Far more prevalent 



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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



was the old Stalinist line. The peo- 
ple wei'e more suspicious of Ameri- 
cans — and each other. There was less 
talk of co-existence and more of Rus- 
sian domination of the world. 

"And there was little interest in 
America's Presidential election. It was 
accepted as a farce, a pre-arranged 
front for the capitalistic system in 
which 'one candidate was as bad as 
the other.' " 

What causes the stiffening attitude 
in Russia? Mr. Smith attributes it 
to a combination of the U-2 incident, 
the collapse of the Paris Conference 
and rumors that Premier Khrush- 
chev's position is in danger. 

But whatever the reasons for the 
new attitude, at least it produced the 
first clear statement from a high So- 
viet official to the effect that Mr. 
Smith's proposal for a Church of 
Christ mission there is out of the 
question. 

"The (Soviet) Minister of Religion 
explained that the Russian Constitu- 
tion bans missionary work because it 
would infringe upon the citizen's 
guaranteed 'freedom of conscience' — 
upon his freedom to be an atheist if 
he desires," said Mr. Smith. "He 
hinted that much of the change in 
attitude toward the West was due to 
distortion of fact by Americans who 
had visited Russia. He said the Amer- 
can press was especially to blame for 
the difficulty between East and West 
because of its biased reporting." 



STATISTICS POINT UP MISSIONS 
LANGUAGE PROBLEM 
IN FORMOSA 

TAIPEI, Formosa (EP)— Only 59 
of tlie 534 Protestant missionaries 
serving in Formosa speak Taiwanese. 
The others, some of whom were for- 
merly stationed on the Mainland, use 
Mandarin or speak through interpre- 
ters, according to a report by Far 
East News Service. 

The agency says the number of 
native-born Taiwanese on the island 
is between seven and eight million. 
Latest statistics, based on a report 
by the Ministry of the Interior reveal 
the island's population, includes a to- 
tal of about one and a half million 
Chinese "Mainlanders" including 300,- 
000 serving in the armed forces, in- 
stead of the "two to three million" 
figure usually quoted. 

The Taiwan Christian Yearbook for 
1960 reports that Formosa has 1,478 
local churches and chapels admin- 



istered by more than 60 denomina- 
tions. The largest of these is the 
Presbyterian Church with English, Ca- 
nadian and American branches num- 
bering 136,250 members and 116,517 
"inquirers". Other church institutions 
include nine theological seminaries, 14 
hospitals and clinics, one university, 
three colleges, six high schools and 
50 kindergartens. 



FOOD INDUSTRY EXECUTIVE 
HITS DECLINING PRACTICE 
OF SAYING GRACE 

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (EP)— A 
leading food industry executive 
charged here that Americans who 
fail to express specific thanks to God 
at the beginning of a meal represent 
a "blotch" on the country's manners 
and a mark of ingratitude. 

Addressing the 27th annual con- 
vention of the National Association of 
Food Chains, G. H. Achenbach, presi- 
dent of Piggly Wiggly Sims Stores, 
Inc., said that "something should be 
done about" the declining practice of 
saying grace at the table. 

"We Americans are the best-fed 
nation in the history of the world," 
he observed. "Knowing that millions 
of people around the earth go to bed 
hungry every night, who could pos- 
sibly have more reason to give thanks 
for their daily bread than we?" 

The tradition of saying grace be- 
fore meals, he said, was a human 
practice "even before man began to 
record his history." 

Urging the delegates to remember 
that "man does not live by bread 
alone," Mr. Achenbach suggested: 
"Perhaps along with our food we need 
to merchandise some spiritual values, 
too." 



IRS REPORTS TAX DECREASE 
IN UNRELATED CHURCH 

BUSINESS 

WASHINGTON, D. C. (EP)— The 
Internal Revenue Service reports that 
collections of the unrelated business 
income tax from churches, religious 
organizations, and other tax-exempt 
groups amounted to $2,104,000 in the 
fiscal year ending June 30, 1960. In 
fiscal 1959, such collections added up 
to $2,840,000. 

Collections from profit-making cor- 
porations totaled $22,177,000,000. 

In its annual report, the Internal 
Revenue Service disclosed that taxes 
collected on alcoholic beverages and 



tobacco products increased, as con- 
sumption of these reached new highs, 
Alcohol taxes amounted to $3,193,000,- 
000, against $3,002,000,000 the pre- 
vious year. Tobacco taxes yielded the 
treasury $1,911,000,000 compared with 
$1,806,000,000 in fiscal 1959. 



"OFFERING" IN REVERSE! 

DENNISON, Tex. (EP)— The col- 
lection plates were heaped with $5 
bills, but they weren't headed in the 
usual direction. 

Instead of being contributed by the 
members of the congregation at a 
Protestant service at Perrin Air Force 
Base, the money was being distributed 
among them for use in helping less 
fortunate families. 

"An anonymous Christian" pro- ! 
vided the money explained Chaplain | 
Ranson B. Woods, so the congrega- 
tion members would take the money 
and use it to help give others a joy- 
ous Christmas. 

"You should have seen the looks 
on their faces," Mr. Woods said with 
reference to the congregation. "Some , 
were skeptical of the whole thing... 
and others were just plain flabber- 
gasted." 

Of the 130 persons present at the 
service, the chaplain said, only 88 took 
one of the bills. 

The donor asked only two things > 
Mr. Woods explained: that each re- 
cipient write an anonymous letter tell- 
ing how the money was used, and read i 
Matthew 25:40, "Inasmuch as ye have ^■ 
done it unto one of the least of these ' 
my brethren ye have done it unto j 
me." 



MAIN CHURCH PROBLEM 
IN BRAZIL: SPIRITUALISM 

What is the main church problem 
in Brazil ? 

Dr. John F. Soren of Rio de Janeiro, 
president of the Baptist World Al- 
liance, has what might be a surpris- 
ing answer. 

The major problem confronting 
churches of Brazil is not Castro out- 
reach or Marxist atheism, but a re- 
vival of spiritualism. Dr. Soren said. 

The cult, known as "macumba," de- 
rives its roots from primitive ani- 
mism, as well as pseudo-scientific 
communication with an alleged "spir- 
it world," and is enjoying a growth in 
Brazil that has deeply concerned both 
Roman Catholic and Protestant lead- 
ers, he explained. (EP) 



^NUARY 28, 1961 




IPmijer Ifheting 
Stuclies 

. hj G. T. Qilnwi'- . 



FIRST TO THROW A STONE 

If there's one who often falters 

By the wayside in despair, 
Seems unusual his shortcomings, 

Do you hold him up in prayer? 
If the weak should stumble, brethren. 

If he cannot stand alone, 
Let the perfect one among you 

Be the first to throw a stone. 

If so often he has wavered, 

You cannot believe him true. 
Have you mentioned it to Jesus 

As the strong one ought to do ? 
Do you ever stop, consider, 

Have you no faults of your own ? 
Let the perfect one among you 

Be the first to throw a stone. 

Is there one with crosses heavy, 

Seems he cannot carry all. 
And he doesn't keep step as we do; 

If he ever chance to fall, 
Do you plead with God for mercy 

Till He answers from the throne ? 
Let the perfect one among you 

Be the first to throw a stone. 

— Selected. 

rHE SELF-RIGHTEOUS ZEALOTS who wanted to 
stone the woman taken in adultery were them- 
elves guilty of the same sin (Jh. 7:7-9). "People who 
,ve in glass houses should not throw stones" (Matt. 
:3). Judgment is not for hypocrites to render (Matt. 
:l-5). It is the nature of hypocrites to be very eager 

cast the stones of their judgment (Matt. 34, 35). Their 
engeance upon even good people has been quite notorious, 
aving twice picked up stones to stone Christ Himself 
Jn. 8:59; 10:31). They stoned to death Stephen, "a man 
ull of faith and of the Holy Ghost," whose face shone 
ike that of an angel (Acts 6:15) — stoned him to death 
IS he was in prayer, praying not at them but for them 
Acts 7:59, 60). Many have been the times that inno- 
ent and upright people have been stoned by religious 
lypocrites (Lu. 13:34). Why would self-styled religious 
leople do such things (Rom. 10:3)? 

To satisfy covetousness, Naboth, a righteous man, was 
alsely charged during a false fast, and stoned to death 

1 Kgs. 21:12, 13). The murmuring Israelites threatened 
stone Moses (Ex. 17:3, 4). When the minority re- 
lort, a goodly report, of the twelve spies was given 
ly Joshua and Caleb, "all the congregation bade stone 
hem with stones" (Num. 14:10). Zechariah was actually 
itoned "in the court of the house of the Lord" (2 Chron. 



PAGE SEVENTEEN 

4:20, 21). Religious milling, murderous, maniacal mobs 
pursued Paul and Barnabas from town to town for ston- 
ing (Acts 14:4, 5, 19). The world was not worthy of 
these men of faith (Heb. 11:37, 38). 

Paul, left for dead at Lystra, went back (Acts 15:20). 
Paul, smiled out of court at Athens, never went back 
(Acts 17:32, 33). Paul preferred opposition to smiling 
indifference (Matt. 7:6). Worse than a piece of rock 
are the stones on aspersion, the sins of the human tongue 
(Jas. 3:6). The person who has an unruly tongue has 
a vain religion (Jas. 1:26). God hates a lying tongue 
(Prov. 6:17). He classes whisperers and backbiters with 
fornicators and murderers as worthy of death (Rom. 
1:28-32). The Israel that took up stones missed the 
Promised Land because of their continual murmuring 
(Ex. 17:3), chiding (v. 7), complaining (Num. 11:1), 
tempting of God (1 Cor. 10:9), hardening their hearts 
(Heb. 3:8-11) into stone — a condition existing in Jewry 
until the second coming of Christ (Ezek. 36:26). We are 
warned not to murmur as they did (1 Cor. 10:10-12). 
We are warned against the sin of tlie spirit as well 
as the fiesh (2 Cor. 7:1) such as "strife and envying" 
(Rom. 13:13), "as a busybody in other men's matters" 
(1 Pet. 4:15), that the Church may be free from "strife," 
"divisions," "schisms," "variance," "debates," "conten- 
tions." The remedy is Galatians 6:1, 2 and James 5:19, 
20! 

Sunday School Suggestions 

The Sunday School Board of 
The Brethren Church 

by Dick Winfield 



"THE GREATEST OF THESE . . ." 

JANET STOOD UNCERTAINLY at the entrance of 
the Sunday school auditorium. Children were every- 
whei-e. As she looked in through the door her heart beat 
faster; she was filled with misgivings. 

Rev. Atkinson had phoned her suggesting that she 
come and help in the Sunday school. She had never taught 
before, but was willing to help; she had consented. She 
had thought of course that she would have a junior or 
primary class, and all week had made her preparations. 
And then on Saturday morning Rev. Atkinson had 
phoned. 

"Janet, we're so happy to know you will be helping 
us in the Sunday school and we have a fine class of teen- 
age girls for you. I know you will enjoy them." Mr. 
Atkinson's voice was reassuring, but Janet with that 
sinking sensation in the pit of her stomach pleaded, 
"Oh, Mr. Atkinson, I'd much prefer a junior or pri- 
mary class! I've never taught teen-agers. Would you 
not have a younger class I could have?" 

His familiar and hearty laugh sounded reassuring over 
the phone. "Why, Janet, you sound frightened! Of course, 
we feel you are the very one for this class. So we'll be 
looking for you on Sunday." 

Now Janet stood hesitating at the door of the audi- 
torium. But she had not long to wait until Mr. Spencer, 



PAGE EIGHTEEN 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIS' 



the Sunday school superintendent came toward her. 
"So glad to see you, Janet! Come along, I'll take you 
to your class." 

She was led into the auditorium and toward a row 
of chairs reserved for the teen-age girls during the open- 
ing exercises. Only one girl occupied one of the chairs 
in the row. 

"This is Gwen, Janet," Mr. Spencer said; "Gwen, this 
is Miss Brown, your new teacher." Janet sat down and 
began to chat with Gwen, but her heart sank as other 
girls came in and filled up the row. How was she going 
to reach them? How was she going to know them? 
How was she going to lead them to Christ, to a deeper 
walk with God? She felt helpless, defeated before she 
started. 

At that moment another teacher stopped beside her. 
"So glad to see you, Janet," she said. And then looking 
past her at Gwen she said as she extended a parcel 
toward her; "Gwen was in my class last year and I 
promised her a Bible for perfect attendance. Congratu- 
lations, Gwen on your wonderful record!" 

Gwen took the proffered gift and shyly thanked her 
former teacher. The gift was prettily wrapped, and 
fastened to the ribbon that was tied around it, was a 
small card. Carefully Gwen undid the ribbon and picked 
up the card and read it. A look of delight swept over 
her face. Then unwrapping the parcel she lifted out a 
beautifully bound Bible. 

"Would you like to look at it?" she asked Janet. 
She handed it to her, still holding the card in her hand. 
Gwen paused and looked again at the little card in her 
hand. "Yes," she said thoughtfully, "it is beautiful. I 
do like it very much. But... I like this best of all," and 
she handed the card to Janet. 

It was just a small gift card, but written on it Janet 
read, "To Gwen, with much love. Miss Jones." 

It was the love of God that conquered on Calvary! It 
was love that restored a heartbroken Peter! It was love 
that drew a sinful woman at the well of Sychar. It was 
love that raised the widow's son. And Janet knew that 
the love of God shed abroad in her own heart, and shin- 
ing out to these girls would be the only way to bring 
them to the Saviour. 

By Edith C. Stevenson (adapted) 



Lesson 



Comments 
by 




L_ 



William H. Anderson 



Topics copyrighted by the International Council of Religious Eiluc 
Used by permission 

Lesson for February 5, 1961 

CHRIST SATISFIES LIFE'S HUNGER 

Lesson: John 6:25-40 



T 



'HE FOLLOWING ARTICLE appeared in one of 

our leading magazines: 
"India is a country where, by the reckoning of nu- 
tritional experts, half the population fails to get even 



a single square meal a day. . . Jawaharlal Nehru's gov 
emment discovered with alarm that India's popula 
tion, increasing at the rate of 5,000,000 a year, wai, 
outdistancing food production." 

How pathetic to hear of people dying for lack of bread 

But without bread men die — physically. And without 
spiritual bread men die — spiritually. Therefore, Jesui 
said: "Man shall not live by bread alone." To live physi- 
cally requires physical sustenance. And to live spirituall] 
requires spiritual sustenance. Jesus Christ, "the Breat' 
of Life," is held up for our view in this lesson. 

MEN ARE SEEKING AFTER THE MATERIAL 
RATHER THAN THE SPIRITUAL — "Jesus answerecJ 

them and said. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek 
Me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because yef 
did eat of the loaves, and were filled" (vs. 26). 

The multitudes had just witnessed and participated in| 
a great miracle. A great multitude had been fed with] 
only "five barley loaves, and two small fishes." L. H.l 
Higley suggests that, including the women and children,' 
there may have been as many as 20,000 in all fed since' 
the Bible states there were 5,000 men. | 

Great crowds followed Jesus after He performed thisi 
miracle. But the Master said they followed Him only! 
because they desired food for their bodies. This is wrongi] 
motivation for following Christ! No man should become: 
a Christian for the material benefit discipleship may 
bring. 

There are still people in the church who are moi'e in- 
terested in the social life than they are the spiritual.i 
Too many are more concerned with suppers than with 
supplication. 

MEN ARE TRYING TO WORK THEIR WAY INTOi 
THE KINGDOM RATHER THAN COME BY FAITH- 

"Then said they unto Him, What shall we do, that we. 
might work the works of God?" (vs. 28). 

The people misunderstood what Christ was trying to 
say. "Labour. . .for that meat which endureth unto ever-i 
lasting life," said Jesus. They supposed, therefore, thati 
He was suggesting eternal life is to be gained by work-> 
ing. "What shall we DO, that we might WORK the 
works of God ?" 

Notice the way Christ answered: "This is the work of 
God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent" (vs. 
29). Eternal life, said Jesus, is gained by believing not 
working! Works are the fruits not the grounds, the 
effects not the cause, of salvation. 

MEN WANT TO SEE BEFORE THEY WILL BE- 
LIEVE — "They said therefore unto Him, What sign > 
shewest Thou then, that we may see, and believe Thee?" 
(vs. 30). 

UNBELIEF says: "I must see before I believe!" FAITH 
says: "I believe even though I cannot see!" 

When Jesus told the people "the bread of God is He - 
which Cometh down from heaven," they cried out, "Lord, i 
evermore give us this bread." "But," said Jesus, "Ye also i 
have seen Me, and believe not." 

"They have seen in the miracle of the feeding of 
the 5,000 His divine power and glory, but still did 
not believe on Him as the Messiah. . .Whedon remarks: 
'They were fixedly sordid in their views seeking a ; 



lNUARY 28, 1961 



PAGE NINETEEN 



feeder for their stomachs, not a Saviour for their 
souls' " (Higley). 

MEN NEED TO BELIEVE THAT CHRIST ALONE 
\.TISFIES LIFE'S HUNGER — "I am the bread of 
e: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he 
at believeth on Me shall never thirst" (vs. 35). 

"The eternal, omnipotent, unapproachable Jehovah 
now becomes the Bread of Life, available to all men 
as a free gift. He proclaims Himself, not as the pearl 



of great price; not as the priceless treasure. Amaz- 
ingly, we are those, and He is the lowly Bread to be 
baked in the fierce oven of Calvary and to be broken 
by the hands of appropriating faith. So wonderfully 
has He taken our humanity upon Himself and im- 
puted His righteousness to us! He is the Bread of 
Life to be taken and broken. Only thus may He be 
known and His redeeming virtues realized" (The Bible 
Expositor and Illuminator). 



he 

Voman's 

Corner 



by 

Helen 

Jordan 



NY RELIGION- 
IST SO WE BELIEVE IN IT! 

rHE HEADLINE above is absurd, 
yet serious, because it is said 
jain and again by people in hos- 
tal beds, or by people who have 
ime to call on people in hospital 
ids. "Everybody should have a re- 
gion, and, whatever it is, it is all 
ght if each one of us believes in his 
vn." 

The trouble with this statement is 
lat the sincerity with which a re- 
gion is believed does not guarantee 
truth, or its beneficial effect on 
le believer or on those who have to 
ve in the same world with him. 
There have been fanatical Saracen 
arriors who have courted death in 
ittle because they were sure that 
they died while killing Christians 
ley would be instantly rewarded by 
nsuous delights in heaven. The men 
f the inquisition who made it their 
usiness to burn Protestants, and the 
rotestants who, when they were in 
ower, made it their religious busi- 



ness to burn Catholics, were sincere. 
The men who offered money for the 
assassination of William of Orange, 
the first tolerant statesman Europe 
ever had, were sincere, and the man 
who killed Lincoln thought himself a 
hero. The real Nazis believed fanati- 
cally in their teachings, and real 
Communists as distinct from mere 
climbers, likewise believe in their 
teachings, and both Nazism and Com- 
munism are "religions". 

We still have people whose re- 
ligion is old-fashioned voodoo, and at 
the other end of the spectrum we 
have respectable and intelligent peo- 
ple who devise a religion without any 
god at all. Obstructionists and "bos- 
ses" who dominate local congregations 
are convinced they do God's will, when 
they are really compensating for be- 
ing themselves dominated at home or 
at work, or are otherwise frustrated 
in their effort for social recognition. 
A major part of human trouble comes 
from people who are sincere, and mis- 
guided. 

Some of the people who say that 
any religion is all right if only we 
believe in it do so thoughtlessly be- 
cause it sounds tolerant, and they 
carelessly assume, in spite of what 
has happened again and again in our 
own generation, that people nowadays 
who have any religion at all have a 
nice one. They are rightly weary of 



the egotism that thinks itself com- 
pletely right and all those who differ 
from it lost souls. By all means let 
us remember that none of us has the 
whole truth, or nothing but the truth. 
And let us be, accordingly, quick to 
acknowledge as Christians those who 
differ from us in our interpretation 
of Christian teachings, yet love the 
same Christ. Let us pray to be deliv- 
ered from "the cowardice that dare 
not face new truth, the laziness that 
is contented with half truths, and the 
arrogance that thinks it knows all 
truth." And let us join in thanks- 
giving for "all ignorant disciples who 
have misunderstood the Christian doc- 
trines, yet lived in the companion- 
ship of Christ," and as we do, let 
us remember that we ourselves doubt- 
less lack understanding of some of the 
doctrines. Paul himself said he knew 
only "in part". 

It is blessedly true that "to each 
one of us to whom Christ comes He 
means something different. He shows 
something new. He is the word which 
God is speaking to that man alone 
of all the sons of men." God help us 
each to hear and follow. But God 
preserve us from the lazy assumption 
that any notion or collection of no- 
tions that anyone cares to call religion 
is enough to save him, or our perilous 
world. 

— Selected. 



:)upport the 

1961 Publication Offering 



Liberally 



I 



PAGE TWENTY 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST I 



J^e Brethren Lawman 



Boys' Brotherhood Monthly Program 

Program for February 1961 



Brad Weidenhamc 



FOR THE FEBRUARY PROGRAM for Brotherhood 
I would suggest using Section III of our study book 
"Meeting the Test." I feel that the material in the book 
is adequate enough to provide discussion material, so 
all I am going to do this month is to give you some 
verses of scripture and some questions vs^hich your Broth- 
erhood members can work on. 

Give each boy a copy of these verses and see if he 
can fill in the missing words without looking them up 
in his Bible. There will be one verse for each topic in 
the book. 

1. Moreover it is required in , that a man 

be found (I Cor. 4:2) 

2. And not only so, but we glory in also: 

knowing that worketh (Rom. 

5:3) 

3. For the kingdom of God is not and ; 

but and and in the 

(Rom. 14:17) 

4. For the fruit of the is in all and 

and (Eph. 5:9) 

5. And every man that striveth for the mastery is 

in all things. Now they do it to obtain a 

crown; but we an (I Cor. 9:25) 

6. And hope maketh not ashamed; because the 

of God is shed abroad by the 

which is given unto us. (Rom. 5:5) 

7 I leave with you, my I give 

unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. 



Let not your be , neitlier let 

it be (Jn. 14:27) 

8. How excellent is thy , God! therefore 

the children put their trust under the 

of thy wings. (Psalm 36:7) 

9. And the servant of the Lord must not strive: but 

be unto all men, apt to 

(II Tim. 2:24) 

10. What can we do when we become resentful of some-i 
one who antagonizes us and hurts us in some way? 

11. Name some of the values and other things in which 
we can find joy. 

12. Just how peaceful should you, as an individual, be? 
What are the views of the Brethren Church on the 
idea of Peace? 

13. Discuss the meaning of patience and apply it to ev-i 
ery aspect of your life. 

14. Find some verses in the Bible which refer to kind- 
ness and see what value they have for your every-i 
day experiences. 

15. What is expected of us as dedicated Christians in 
the way of goodness? 

16. How would you answer a non-Christian if he wouldi 
ask you what faith is? 

17. When do you practice gentleness in your life ? 

18. How should we practice self-control in our lives ?J 



I 



TO DISTRICT PRESIDENTS AND SECRETARIES 

OF 

LAYMEN ORGANIZATIONS 

Do you have meetings, rallies, banquets, etc., 

coming up ? 

Send all available information to your laymen editor 

at once — soon — early 

(type all material double space — if possible) 



HAGBRSTOWN, MD., LAYMEN 

Members of the First Brethren Laymen's Organization' 
took a guided tour of Potomac Edison's R. Paul Smith 
plant in Williamsport, Md., on November 30th. 

Laymen's president, L. M. Johns reports that approxi- 
mately 26 members took the tour, which was preceded 
by a dinner and short talks by P. E. officials. The utility 
company officials and members of the Smith plant per-i 
sonnel acted as guides for the tour. They showed thei 



ANUARY 28, 1961 



PAGE TWENTY-ONE 



lymen such points of interest as the new, $13,000,000 
lant addition, the coal handling equipment which sup- 
lies the plant with about 95 tons each hour, and the 
umping system which brings Potomac river water into 
le plant at the rate of about 8,000,000 gallons per 
our for generator cooling purposes. 
An extremely enjoyable evening was had by the Hagers- 
jwn laymen. 

R. H. Geaslen. 



We set up a visitation program and took care of three 
needy families. Rev. Henry Bates gave a splendid talk 
on the Christmas Story. He referred to many jirophecies 
of the coming of Christ from the Old Testament. De- 
licious refreshments were served by Brother Burley 
Bracken. 

Sincerely, 

Assistant Secretary, 
James I. Mackall 



VINCO, PA., LAYMEN 

The regular monthly meeting of the Vinco Brethren 
jaymen's Organization was held Tuesday evening, De- 
ember 13th, in the Church Fellowship House. The meet- 
ig was conducted by President Lavelle Horner. James 
lackall led in Devotions. We had a very fine business 
ession and several important subjects were discussed. 



NEWS 3STS 

(capsule -form) 



WHILE YOU CAN HEAR THE BELLS: 

I read the story once of a boy who left home 
to work in the city. His mother made him promise 
that he would be in church on the Sabbath. He 
promised that he would, and left the farm and be- 
gan his new work. As the weekend approached some 
of his new-found friends asked him if he would 
go horseback riding on Sunday. He remembered 
the promise that he had made to his mother and 
refused. They kept insisting, reasoning that Sunday 
was their only day off and why waste it in a stuffy 
church service. He finally consented, and early Sun- 
day morning the three companions began their joy- 
ous ride. 

At about eleven that morning, they came to a 
small town, and as they rode, they passed a little 
church, and the bells began to ring announcing 
the morning worship. The boy remembered the 
promise that he had made to his mother. He could 
see his parents worshiping in the little country 
church with the assurance that he was in worship, 
too, in the city. The bells accused him, but he 
continued his ride. As the group rode away from 
the town, the sound of the bells became fainter and 
fainter. 

Then presently the boy stopped; his two com- 
panions asked him why. He replied, "Fellows, I 
came from a God-fearing home, and Mother and 
Dad took me to church every Sunday morning. 
I promised them I would be in church this morn- 
ing. As we came through the town a moment ago, 
the bells began to ring. They have accused my 
heart. I have also noticed that the farther we drive, 
the fainter the sound of the bells becomes. Listen, 
we can barely hear them now; if we ride a while 
longer, we will ride beyond the sound of the bells. 
Fellows, I don't know what you are going to do, 
but as for me, I am going back and go to church, 
while I can still hear the bells." 

From The Fountain of Youth. 



We have received information that the laymen of the 
Fort Scott, Kansas, Brethren Church have organized, and, 
with the help of their pastor, Rev. Kenneth Howard, 
are ready to go. Helps, goal sheets, etc., have gone to 
them from president Litton. We have had some very fine 
reports on the work and progress being made in this 
portion of The Vineyai-d. Brother Roy Williams was cho- 
sen as their president. He lives at 761 Ransom St. 

From Vinco, Pa's "News and Views": "Our laymen's 
organization, which has, during the past year, been our 
most faithful 'visiting' organization, recently voted to 
set aside the third Tuesday of each month for visitation. 
Most of the men agree that they benefit from the even- 
ing thus spent as much as the people who are visited." 

"Our strength is not in politics, prices, production, or 
price controls. Our strength lies in spiritual concepts. 
It lies in public sensitiveness to evil." Herbert Hoover. 

Isn't it true ? "Too many meetings are held each month 
for no better reason that that it has been a month since 
the last one." Men, let's give more attention to program- 
ming for not only our public service meetings, but for 
our monthly gatherings, too. Men will come, attendance 
will be built up and interest will grow as our leader- 
ship plans interesting, outreaching, helpful programs. 

Did you know that a Gallup poll of people on New Year's 
resolutions reveal that a vow to "show less temper" 
heads the list? Next in order comes resolves to "attend 
church more regularly", "try to improve my health", and 
"worry less and trust more." 

Ex-president John Golby doing well and again back in 
the harness in his teaching of the Men's Bible Class 
in Third Brethren, Johnstown, Pa. 

MEN: Hustle your "news bits" to Johnstown now. Don't 
engage the Pony Express; use post cards and stamps. 
Its faster, although, Mr. Summerfield, sometimes it's hard 
to prove. F. S. B. 



What lies behind us, and what lies before us, 
are tiny matters, compared to what lies within 
us. 

The auctioneer is the only speaker who likes 
to have his audience talk back to him. 



PAGE TWENTY-TWO 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIS'J, 



Brethren Youth 



JONAH 



The two studies of Jonah, one for Seniors and Intermediates — one foi^ 
Juniors, have been prepared by your Youth Editor for use in your B. Y. C 
meetings. This is the first in a series of studies that will appear on our 
Youth pages during the year. We believe you will find them useful and help- 
ful in studying God's Word together. Continue to "Venture With Christ." 



Seniors and Internaediat'es 



I. Jonah, the man 

A. Son of Amittai (1:1) 

B. Prophet of mercy to Gentiles 
(1:2) 

C. Ran from God (1:3) 

D. Spared by God (1:17, 2:10) 

E. Messenger of God (3:3) 

II. Jonah, the prophet 

A. Warning to Nineveh (3:1) 

B. Prophet of mercy (3:10) 

1. Nineveh was the capital city 
of Assyria. 

2. Nineveh had a population of 
600,000. 

3. The city was 90 miles in cir- 
cumference. 

4. Jonah was a Jew, the people of 
Nineveh were Gentiles; there- 
fore his unwillingness to go to 
them. 

III. Jonah, the type 
A. Of the Jews 

1. Out of their own land as was 
Jonah 

2. A trouble to the Gentiles, yet 
witnessing to them 

3. Cast out by them, but miracu- 
lously preserved 

4. In deepest distress calling on 
God, and finding deliverance 

5. Becoming missionaries to the 
Gentiles 

6. Swallowed by the Gentiles 
(scattered among the nations 
— Jer. 50:17) 

7. Will come forth again (Isa. 
11:11) 



B. Of the Christ 

1. Sent by the Father (3:1) 

2. Burial (1:17) 

3. Three day period (1:17, Matt. 
12:40) 

4. Resurrection (2:10, Mk. 16:6) 

5. Carried salvation to the Gen- 
tiles (3:4, 5, 10; Rom. 1:16) 

Explanation: A type is a divinely-pur- 
posed illustration of some truth. It 
may be: (1) a person — Rom. 5:14; 
(2) an event— I Cor. 10:11; (3) a 
thing — Heb. 10:20; (4) an institution 
— Heb. 9:11; (5) a ceremonial — I Cor. 
5:7. Types occur most frequently in 
the Pentateuch, but are found, more 
sparingly, elsewhere. The antitype, or 
fulfillment of the type, is found, usu- 
ally, in tlie New Testament. Types, 
then, are pictures of what will be, 
a foreshadowing. 

IV. Jonah, the servant 

A. Disobedient (1:1-11) 

B. Afflicted (1:12-17) 

C. Praying (2:1-9) 

D. Delivered (2:10) 

E. Recommissioned (3:1-3) 

F. Powerful (3:4-9) 

G. Perplexed and fainting but not 
forsaken (4:1-11) 

E.xplanation: No miracle of Scripture 
has called forth so much unbelief as 
that of Jonah being swallowed by a 
great fish and living to tell the story. 
However, today we know of whales 
large enough to swallow a man whole 
and some few men have had this ex- 
perience and lived to tell it. We must 



remember also that the Scripture says, 
this was a great fish "prepared" by 
the Lord for the purpose of swallow- 
ing Jonah. 

The issue is not between the doubt- 
er and this ancient record, but lie- 
tween the doubter and the Lord Jesus . 
Christ (Mt. 12:39, 40). Do we be-j 
lieve Him? Science, "falsely so called"ii 
(I Tim. 6:20), failing to take account 
of the fact that it deals only with 
the outward phenomena of a fallen 
race, and of an earth under a curse 
(Gen. 3:17-19), is intolerant of mir- 
acle. To faith, and to true science,* 
miracle is what might be expected of 
divine love, interposing for good 
a physically and morally disordered* 
universe. (Rom. 8:19-23) 

This small book of Jonah, showing i 
his call (Ch. 1), prayer (Ch. 2),i 
preaching (Ch. 3) and exclusiveness 
(Ch. 4), is a truly amazing study.. 

Jonah, whose name means "dove," ' 
learned an important lesson — you can- 
not run away from God. "If I ascend* 
up into heaven, thou art there: if I 
make my bed in hell, behold, thoui 
art there. If I take the wings of the* 
morning, and dwell in the uttermost 
parts of the sea; even there shall thyi 
hand lead me, and thy right hand* 
shall hold me." Ps. 139:8-10. 

Jonah is pre-eminently the book of i 
the divine sovereignty and shows how> 
God overrules in all the affairs of 
men. 



A.NUARY 28, 1961 




JONAH, THE ADVENTURER 



A long time ago in tlie days of 
:reat Ivingdoms and great kings, 
here lived an adventurer, Jonah. Now 
onah was the son of Amittai and 
ived in the village of Gath-Hepher. 
j Jonah was a prophet with a call 
.nd a message from the Lord, but 
le wanted to do what he pleased, 
lot what the Lord wanted. And this 
ed Jonah into all kinds of trouble. 

The Lord told him to go to Nineveh, 
I great city in the land of Assyria, 
md preach to the people. These peo- 
)le were wicked, and Jonah was to 
;ell them the Lord would punish them 
f they did not repent. Because Jonah 
iid not want to go to these evil peo- 
jle, he decided to run away — in the 
)pposite direction. So Jonah began his 
irst big adventure. 

He went down to Joppa and got 
an a ship going to Tarshish — far 
iway from Nineveh. When the ship 
got out to sea, a great storm arose 
and the ship was tossed about. The 
sailors were frightened and asked the 
passengers if they had done some- 
thing wrong to anger some god. . . 
No one had, except Jonah, of course. 
He told them his story, and the men 
finally had to throw their disobedient 
passenger overboard. 

Jonah's second adventure was be- 
ginning. When the sailors tossed him 
overboard, he was swallowed by a 
great fish. Jonah thought that was 
the end of him but what he didn't 
know was that the Lord had made 
this fish especially to save him. It 
was dark inside the great fish and 
as it swam deeper and deeper down 
to the bottom of the sea, Jonah got 
scared. Why don't I die, thought Jo- 
nah inside the fish's belly? Maybe I 



should have listened to the Lord when 
He told me to go to Nineveh. But 
that is such an awful place and there 
are so many people there. Why would 
the Lord want me to go there ? Why 
should I be the one ? Yet, the Lord 
told me to go and I didn't. Now look 
where I am — at the bottom of the 
sea inside a great fish. 

Then Jonah began to pray. It was 
a lonely prayer meeting in there but 
God heard his prayer of repentance 
and spoke to the great fish. 

The next adventure of Jonah was 
stranger yet. He could feel the great 
fish swimming up and up to the top 
of the sea. What will he do now? 
thought Jonah. Light came flooding in 
around Jonah as the great fish opened 
its mouth and spit him out onto dry 
land. After three days and three 
nights in there, Jonah was very happy 
to see land again. He thought he 
would never see it. 

The Lord spoke to Jonah the second 
time and told him to go to Nineveh. 
This time Jonah was ready to go. He 
set off on another adventure with the 
Lord. 

Just as soon as he reached Nine- 
veh, Jonah began to tell the message 
of the Lord: "Yet forty days, and 
Nineveh shall be overthrown." He 
walked through the streets of the 
great city crying out the Lord's 
words. The people listened to his mes- 
sage and repented of all their wick- 
edness. 

Jonah went outside the city and 
made himself a little tent. There he 
sat down to wait for the Lord to de- 
stroy Nineveh. But because the peo- 
ple had asked to be forgiven, the 
Lord did not destroy Nineveh and 



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Jonah was very angry. Now the peo- 
ple would believe he was lying. Why 
didn't the Lord destroy them as He 
said He would ? Jonah had done his 
part by taking them the message and 
the Lord was able to save this great 
city because they repented. 

But like us sometimes, Jonah did 
not understand the mercy of God on 
these people and so he was mad. . . 
mad at God for saving these heathen 
people. Even then God was patient 
with Jonah, for He took care of him 
even though Jonah was angry with 
the Lord. 

Yes, Jonah had a lot of adventures 
with the Lord and he learned a les- 
son. This adventurer found out that 
a person cannot run away from the 
Lord. He knows and sees all we do. 
When He calls us to do something 
for Him, we will not be happy until 
we do it. We may not always under- 
stand just how God will use our abil- 
ities, maybe it won't be the way we 
planned them to be used, but He 
knows best. 

Jonah had some of the same things 
hapjjen to him that happened to Jesus 
Christ. Jesus even told His disciples 
that: "As Jonah was three days and 
three nights in the whale's belly; so 
shall the Son of man be three days 
and three nights in the heart of the 
earth." He was talking about His 
death and resurrection. Just as Jonah 
was buried in the sea in the fish's 
belly, so Jesus was buried in the tomb. 
They both spent three days and three 
nights there. Jonah was spit out on 
dry land again. . .a kind of resurrec- 
tion for him. Jesus Christ arose from 
the grave too. His resurrection means 
we can live forever in heaven with 
Him if we take Christ as our personal 
Saviour. 

Remember the story of Jonah, the 
adventurer, as you look at the great 
fish, but don't forget to look at the 
cross back of the fish. This cross rep- 
resents Jesus Christ who died for our 
sins, rose from the grave, and is com- 
ing again. 

Perhaps you would like to have 
some adventures of your own. "Ven- 
ture With Christ" this year. Take 
Him as your personal Saviour, learn 
His word, be excited with His bless- 
ings, serve Him through Brethren 
Youth. . .worshipping together, work- 
ing together, having fun together, 
VENTURING together. 



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EPA CONVENTION: 

The Editor was privileged to attend the session 
of the 13th annual convention of the Evangelica 
Press Association, Januai-y 23-25. Held in Chicag( 
the convention featured such noted speakers a 
Richard Gehman, outstanding magazine writer, ani 
author of the new book telling of the work o 
World Vision, Inc., "Let My Heart Be Broken'' 
and Dr. T. E. McCuUey, Executive Secretary, Chris 
tian Business Men's Committee International. ]\Ic 
Culley is the father of one of the five missionarie 
which lost their lives at the hands of the Acu 
Indians a few years ago. This story is vividly tol 
in the book, "Through Gates of Splendor." (Bot 
books mentioned are available from our bookstore. 

Otlier speakers, fellowship, workshops on topog 
raphy, layout, writing, circulation and other pre 
duction and distribution problems faced by evar 
gelical literature producers rounded out the at 
tivities of the convention. Nearly two hundred edi 
tors and publishers of evangelical publications wer 
in attendance. The Evangelist holds membershi 
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sei-vice. As time goes by, we will have more to sa 
about the fi'uits of this convention. 



A little child — what a trust 

God places in your hands! 
Then if to God you would be just, 

And do what He commands, 
You'll not regret the love and care 

You give this child so sweet; 
The many hours you spend in prayer 

For help to guide his feet. 

A little child — who can know 

What future years may hold 
To prove his brilliancy and glow 

That may outshine pure gold, 
If you will guard him well today 

And lead him in the right, 
And help him find life's better way 

And walk in Christian light? 

A little child — O do not shun 

To do the best you can 
In training him as your dear son 

That he may make a man 
That's godly, noble, good and great 

To fill in life his place, 
And help his country and his state 

Through God's eternal grace! 

A little child — a priceless pearl, 

So precious and so fair. 
Who ought to make a noble girl 

If home's a place of prayer; 
Thei'efore upon her life bestow 

Your godly, tender love, 
That she may bless the earth below 

And shine in heav'n above. 

Rev. Walter E. Isenhour. 



EBRUARY 4, 1961 



PAGE THREE 



The Editor's Pulpit 



)enevoiences in 



the Vositive 



PHIS MONTH in the Breth- 
i- ren Church, we are paying 
■ibute to those of our number 
ho have reached the full ma- 
irity of their years — those who 
ive served faithfully as lay 
jople, or as ministers and the 
ives of ministers. To us, they 
jar a wonderful testimony, 
jme of these elderly people 
ive been able to provide for 
lemselves through their sav- 
igs and retirement programs 
ipported during their more ac- 
ve years. Others, because of 
le circumstances of their lives, 
:e now dependent upon those of 
)unger years to give them the 
jcessities of life. 
Whatever the present circum- 
;ances of our elderly people, we 
ilute them for the testimony of 
leir lives with which they in- 
)ire us and challenge us to 
lithfully serve the Lord when 
id where He leads. 
There is the witness of their 
lith in God. As one sees or 
isits with an elderly person, one 
mnot help but wonder some- 
ling about all the struggles, 
ardships and anxious moments 
idured by them as they, day 
y day, sought to strive for the 
lastery of the flesh, and to over- 
3me the discouragements and 
roblems which came to them. 
There may be some people who 
re living simply because they 
ave not yet died. But we really 
elieve that most people are liv- 
ig the years of maturity be- 
luse they met the problems of 
fe and conquered them beauti- 
illy. Christians of mature years 
re a testimony to their faith 



in God which has kept them true 
to Him regardless of what came 
their way in life. Would that the 
same could be said of everyone. 

There is the witness of their 
trust in God. It was Joshua who 
was given the mantle of author- 
ity as leader over the people of 
Israel in the wilderness when the 
time of the departure of the 
aged Moses was at hand. Most 
men, having witnessed the ac- 
tions of the irresponsible, dis- 
contented and murmuring Is- 
raelites, would have told God to 
go someplace else to get a leader. 
But not Joshua. He was willing 
to do what God wanted him to 
do. Then God gave him a won- 
derful promise when He said: 
"As I was with Moses, even so 
will I be with you." 

Our elderly Brethren must 
surely have recalled to mind 
many times these words as dis- 
couragement and perplexing 
problems came to them. Today, 
strong in the faith, they show 
the kind of trust in God which 
they have had through the 
years. It is the same kind which 
will enable every trusting soul 
to become victorious in life! 

There is the witness of their 
service for God. Some people 
reach the maturity of their 
years having little on which to 
look back simply because they 
had little or no interest in serv- 
ing others or in doing anything 
worthwhile. Not so, the child of 
God in Christ Jesus. Be he or 
she a lay worker in a church or 
of the ministry or mission field, 
the faithful Christian can see 
the fruit of their life of service. 



No greater thing can be said of 
a person at full maturity of 
years than that they served God 
and man to the best of their 
God-given talents and strength 
all their days. Such service has 
been, and still is, done often at 
great personal sacrifice to the in- 
dividuals. 

There is the witness of their 
confidence in God. Many of our 
elderly servants gave their years 
of service to the church at less- 
than-subsistence levels of in- 
come. By today's standards of 
living, they were prevented from 
having even the meager com- 
forts of life. Yet their confidence 
in God kept them at it, not turn- 
ing to what could have been 
more lucrative ways of earning a 
living. 

Truly they learned the secret 
of "My God shall supply all your 
need according to his riches in 
glory by Christ Jesus." As we 
see them now, we cannot help 
but rejoice in their faithfulness 
to service, building and preserv- 
ing a church, a denomination, 
and a testimony of faith for 
those who come after them. The 
testimony of their confidence 
puts a new meaning and power 
into our own efforts to serve 
and to be true to God in our ac- 
tive days of service. 

But there is yet another way 
whereby they show their con- 
fidence in God to care for them. 
In this, we have a part. Many 
who are now dependent upon 
others for their daily needs, 
have served God unreservedly 
for many years, not questioning 
how they would be cared for in 
later years. Today, they are de- 
pending upon us. This month, 
will we answer them with our 
prayers and our gifts, so that 
their sunset years will know con- 
tinued peace and confidence in 
the final testimony of their faith 
inGod? W. S. B. 



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THE TENT CAME DOWN 



(Continued from two weeks ago) 

Preparations 

On Saturday, September 17, in Ro- 
sario, Argentina, (second largest city 
with a population of 500,000) these 
meetings began. The setting is one 
of the many vacant lots, situated near 
one of the many lovely parks, in Bar- 
rio General San Martin. The writer 
of this report is a foreigner who, no 
doubt in tlie eyes of many of his 
neighbors, seems a little "queer" as 
are most evangelicals. These evan- 
gelicals consider that most of their 
neighbors are sinners who need to be 
saved. It seems presumptuous of these 
evangelicals to think that their two- 
weeks effort in an unattractive tent, 
located on one of the dirt streets in 
this part of the city would turn them 
"from darkness into His marvelous 
light." "Of all the conceit — a foreigner 
coming to our town to 'convert' us! 
What audacity these North American 
missionaries have!" (This must have 
been the reaction of many here.) 



Kenneth Solomon 



Much preparation had been made. 
Weeks of special prayer and an- 
nouncement of the forthcoming cam- 
paign; an every-home crusade in 
which well-prepared and attractive 
Gospel tracts were presented to each 
family, along with a special invitation 
to all the weekly meetings of the 
church and the tent meetings. At least 
4,000 of the 7,000 families in our 
immediate vicinity had received a per- 
sonal visit and invitation. There had 
been planning, cutting, sewing, and 
general preparation of the new large 
tent to be used in the All-summer 
evangelistic effort. This took much 
time and work. Thanks be to God 
that we have among us a pastor like 
St. Paul, in that he has much expe- 
rience in tent-making and evangelism. 
We are thankful too to you Brethren 
who with your offerings made possible 
the purchase of the new canvas ("o 
replace the old, worn-out tent. 

There had been also the selection of 
a suitable location. Some faith was 
required to place the tent on a dirt 
street, since we are at the spring 



time of the year when there is often 
much rain. (Thanks to God again; 
it rained only two days of the 18, 
and even those days we were able to 
have meetings and a good attendance. 
The water did enter the tent once 
since it was lower than the street 
level, but we just bought some saw- 
dust, and thus had the traditional 
"sawdust trail" for which the revival 
meetings of bygone days were fa- 
mous.) 

In front of the tent a large street 
light conveniently illuminated the 
area, making less necessity for an 
extensive lighting system on our part. 
The kind neighbor, though of the Ro- 
man Catholic faith by profession or 
tradition, gave us permission to tap 
on to his line to provide the few 
lights that were necessary outside and 
within the tent. Arrangements had to 
be made with the owner of the lot, 
the man who customarily keeps his 
horse on it, and finally with the police 
department, informing them that a 
national religious organization, al- 
ready possessing legal right to have 



View of girls' dorm in Argen- 
tine Camp. 



The Argentine Camp housing 
and general camp facilities are 
being improved constantly. The 
Argentine brethren are assum- 
ing an increased responsibility 
in the total camp program. 




SBBUARY 4, 1961 



PAGE FIVE 



mpaigns, was planning public meet- 
gs on such a property within speci- 
:d dates. Having completed, by the 
ilp of the Lord, all this red tape- 
id it takes much longer to complete 
than to write about it — we were 
:ady to level the ground and erect 
le tent. The raising of the large tent 
;tracted much attention, especially 
1 the part of the children, of which 
ir barrio appears to be abundantly 
essed. 

Response to the meetings 

The people came. Each night the 
;nt was full. Each night new faces 
)uld be seen in the audience, and 
lose who had been there before re- 
irned night after night — -until one 
ight the tent would hold no more 
nd people had to stand outside. The 
reaching was excellent and inspir- 
ig. Every message was Christ-cen- 
;red. The young 27-year-old evan- 
elist whom God sent us has a splen- 
id mastery of his native Spanish 
mguage — with clear, colorful speech. 

This young man recently joined, by 
3-baptism, the Rosario Church, be- 
ig convinced of our doctrinal posi- 
on. Esteban Alfaro has for years 
ttended and cooperated in our Ro- 
ario Church; he is known and well 
aspected by the brethren in all of 
ur churches. He obtained a leave of 
bsence from his job in the factory, 
ut aside his private dental practice 
dental mechanic) and dedicated 
fciree months to a preaching-evangel- 
jtic tour among our churches and 
nnexes. Pastor Varela is with him in 
his great project. 

Last night the tent came down, but 
he Gospel message still goes forth 
1 an ever-widening outreach. New 
epresentatives of new families have, 
or the first time in their lives, heard 
Jod speak to their hearts. As we 
Pass by that vacant lot, on our regular 
ound of visitation, it no longer 
trikes us as just another vacant lot 
'f this large city. Somehow it seems 
o us who worshipped there that it 
las almost taken upon itself the char- 
icter of "holy ground." This is no 
loubt true to those who, for the first 
ime, received the "good news" and 
laving responded in faith and re- 
lentance have received the glorious 
fift of eternal life. Yes, last night 
he tent came down, but it still re- 
nains in the memories of many as a 
lumble symbol of a sacred place 
vhere for a time we met and com- 
nuned with God. (Eph. 1:3) 



MY SHARE 

I Promise to assist in the building of new Brethren churches by 
giving $10.00 or more for each new church project. It is my under- 
standing that I will be called upon for this contribution not more 
than twice in any one year. I further understand that if I am un- 
able to contribute when called, I will be relieved of my obligation. 



Signed 



Address 



Church 



SPOTLIGHT 

BIRTHDAYS 

of 

MISSIONARIES and CHILDREN 



Alphabetically 

Bischof , Barbara April 22, 1956 

Bischof , Beatrice March 19 

Bischof, Robert P March 5 

Bischof, Robert (jr.) 

February 21, 1959 

Byler, David September 6, 1949 

Byler, Elizabeth Ann ..June 24, 1955 

Byler, Jane December 2 

Byler, Rebecca January 11, 1958 

Byler, Robert June 24 

Byler, Stephen March 19, 1951 

Byler, Susan July 31, 1946 

Kraft, Charles July 15 

Kraft, Charles (Jr.) ..June 8, 1955 

Kraft, Cheryl June 8, 1955 

Kraft, Marguerite November 8 

Kraft, Richard October 14, 1958 

Rowsey, John November 28 

Rowsey, Philip Andrew .June 19, 1958 

Rowsey, Regina May 11 

Rowsey, Susan May 11, 1955 

Shank, Dennis . . . .December 15, 1953 

Shank, Donna August 13, 1956 

Shank, Glenn (Doc) July 16 

Shank, Jean December 14 

Solomon, Jeannette July 17 

Solomon, Kenneth September 11 

Solomon, Rebecca . . February 27, 1958 
Solomon, Timothy .February 18, 1956 



Chronologically 

January 11 Rebecca Byler 

February 18 Timothy Solomon 

February 21 ..Robert Bischof, (Jr.) 

February 27 Rebecca Solomon 

March 5 Robert Bischof 

March 19 Beatrice Bischof 

March 19 Stephen Byler 

April 22 Barbara Bischof 

May 11 Regina Rowsey 

May 11 Susan Rowsey 

June 8 Charles Kraft (Jr.) 

June 8 Cheryl Kraft 

June 19 Philip Rowsey 

June 24 Elizabeth Ann Byler 

June 24 Robert Byler 

July 15 Charles Kraft 

July 16 Glenn Shank 

July 17 Jeannette Solomon 

July 31 Susan Byler 

August 13 Donna Shank 

September 6 David Byler 

September 11 Kenneth Solomon 

October 14 Richard Kraft 

November 8 Marguerite Kraft 

November 28 John Rowsey 

December 2 Jane Byler 

December 14 Jean Shank 

December 15 Dennis Shank 



PAGE SIX 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



The Woman's Outlook 

BECAUSE THEY SERVED 

Mrs. Margery Whitted 

When earth's last picture is painted, and the tubes are twisted and dried, 
When the oldest colors have faded, and the youngest critic has died. 
We shall rest, and, faith, we shall need it — lie down for an eon or two 
Till the Master of All Good Workmen shall set us to work anew! 
And those that were good will be happy; they shall sit in a golden chair: 
They shall splash at a ten-league canvas with brushes of comet's hair; 
They shall find real saints to draw from — Magdalene, Peter, and Paul; 
They shall work for an age at a sitting and never be tired at all! 
And only the Master shall praise us, and only the Master shall blame; 
And no one shall work for money, and no one shall work for fame; 
But each for the joy of the working, and each, in his separate star, 
Shall draw the Thing as he sees It for the God of Things as They Are! 



RUDYARD KIPLING had a good 
idea. Perhaps in his poet's vision 
he was privileged to look into the 
future. At any rate, he opens the 
windows of our souls to a vast hori- 
zon of beauty and hope. 

But there is always the short time 
when we do get tired, and we can't 
work for an age, and we don't see 
things as others see them, and we do 
get blamed. Those years are difficult. 

For Brethren, however, they need 
not be too difficult. Because Breth- 
ren care. Through the years, there 
have been Brethren who cared enough 
to maintain a Superannuated Min- 
isters' Fund and a Brethren Home. 
True, the Fund has not always been 
adequate, and the Home has some- 
times run on a shoestring, but always 
the concern existed. Today it seems 
stronger than ever. 

"For a number of years prior to 
1912 the S.S.C.E. assumed the re- 
sponsibility for creating and main- 
taining the Superannuated Ministers' 
Fund. At its request at this confer- 
ence it was relieved of this respon- 
sibility and a Board of Benevolences 
was formed." These words taken from 
a history of the Woman's Missionary 
Society compiled by Mrs. J. Allen Mil- 
ler in 1958, reveal the early stirrings 
of concern about the welfare of our 
retired ministers and their wives. Mrs. 
Miller was W. M. S. President when 



the Benevolent Board took over, so 
she writes from experience. 

Since that time no year has passed 
without material support from the W. 
M. S. to the Benevolent Board. From 
the members' dues and Thank Offer- 
ings each year funds are budgeted 
to the Benevolent Board which now 
administers both the Superannuated 
Ministers' Fund and the Brethren's 
Home at Flora, Indiana. In addition, 
individual W. M. S. groups contribute 
needed equipment to the Home. Some- 
times these contributions are made in 
cooperation with other church groups 
so the exact aid from W. M. S. groups 
is hard to single out for recognition. 
Mrs. Kuns has listed the larger items 
that were sent to the Home this past 
year, and she tries always to acknowl- 
edge all gifts at the time of arrival. 

In our Bible reading we find that 
Jesus reminded us that man shall not 
live by bread only but by all the 
words that proceed from the mouth 
of God. The Woman's Missionary So- 
cieties in Indiana take this admonition 
literally and go to the Home some- 
time during the year to share one of 
their monthly devotional meetings 
with our elderly Brethren there. These 
occasions are real treats to any who 
are fortunate enough to be present. 
The churches close to the Home are 
remarkably faithful in their care for 
the spiritual needs as well as the ma- 



terial necessities of these senior citi- 
zens. Weekly services and special pro- 
grams fill the calendar for all those 
who wish to attend. The Kunses more 
than fulfill their obligation as Su- 
perintendents by their concern for the 
spiritual welfare of their residents. 
Every Sunday they take all who can 
attend church into the Flora church. 
Daily devotions conducted by Rev. 
Dyoll Belote, and others as the op- 
portunity arises, and by Mr. or Mrs. 
Kuns, are a vital part of the Home 
program. 

For many years the Public Services 
presented by the W. M. S. in their 
home churches have produced a steady 
flow of money for the Benevolent 
Fund since half of all offerings at 
those services is designated for the 
Superannuated Ministers' Fund. In 
more recent years these programs 
have served another dual purpose: to 
tell about the work of the W. M. 3. 
and to tell of the work of the Benev- 
olent Board. Thus publicity for the 
program has aided in the expansion 
of facilities at the Brethren's Home. 
Very recently, a new concern has 
caught our interest. The Retirement 
Fund, Inc. has been in existence for 
some years and is designed to replace 
the Superannuated Ministers' Fund. 
But not all of our ministers are in 
the Retirement Fund plan. We ought 
to ask in our churches, WHY? What 



EBRUARY 4, 1961 



PAGE SEVEN 



re we to plan for? Just how shall 
■e satisfy our concern for our retired 
linisters ? 

John Greenleaf Whittier wrote a 
loem entitled "Let The Curtain Fall", 
le suggests an idea that we all might 
hink about. 

Let the thick curtain fall; 
I better know than all 
How little I have gained, 
How vast the unattained. 

Sweeter than any song 

My songs that found no tongue; 

Nobler than any fact 

My wish that failed to act. 

Others shall sing the song, 
Others shall right the wrong. 
Finish what I begin, 
And all I fail of, win. 

What matter I or they? 
Mine or another's day, 
So the right word be said 
And life the sweeter made? 

Our Brethren Church is fine because 
hey served. May we finish what they 
)egan. 



W. M. S. 



Ne^vs 



W. M. S. gifts to the Brethren's Home 

(partial list) 

Dishwasher — Northern Indiana churches. 

Clothes Dryer — Vinco, Pa., Win-A-Couple Class. 

Hi-Fi-Stereo & Religious records — Flora church and young people, also do- 
nation from the Brush Valley, Pa., church. 

Table cloths — Warsaw, Indiana. 

Table cloths — Huntington, Indiana. 

Lunch cloths — Columbus & Fremont, Ohio. 

Quilts — Conemaugh, Pa. 

Table cloths — South Bend, Indiana. 

Curtains for dining room — Group 2, South Bend, Indiana. 

Floor coverings for two bathrooms and elevator room — Donations by Bryan, 
Ohio; Lanark, 111.; Johnstown, Pa.; Mulberry & Huntington, Ind. 

Sheets — Central District churches. 

Miscellaneous gifts such as dish cloths, bath towels, etc., which Mrs. Kuns 
says because of the press of trnie she was not able to note the donors, nor 
acknowledge by letter. i 



S. M. M. 



^ Note from Nancy 

"To develop every girl to be 
1 living testimony for her Mas- 
ter: to give the girls of dimly 
lighted regions an opportunity 
to know Jesus Christ as their 
personal Saviour." This is the 
aim of our Sisterhood of Mary 
and Martha. Is this what your 
individual Sisterhood is working 
for? If we expect Sisterhood to 
be anything, we must all pull to- 
gether, working towards one 
goal. 

"To develop every girl to be a 
living testimony for her Mas- 
ter." Once a girl knows Jesus 
Christ in her heart she is then 
ready to really begin living. Nat- 
urally she'll need much encour- 
agement and strengthening in 



order that she might be as 
Christ would like her to be. If 
your Sisterhood meetings are in- 
spirational and sincere, they will 
be just exactly what this girl 
needs. By bringing a friend 
along with you to meetings per- 
haps she will become acquainted 
with our Lord for the first time. 
Sisterhood is open to any girl 
interested in its work. By dis- 
cussing our problems together 
and sticking together in what we 
believe is right. Sisterhood can 
help us. Notice, I said "can". 
Carefully planned programs are 
vitally important for this type 
of meeting. 

In an indirect way Sisterhood 
gave Margaret Lowery to Kryp- 



ton, Kentucky. It was through 
Sisterhood that she first realized 
her lifework. Another instance 
might be in our benevolent work. 
By visiting a shut-in each month 
and by rolling bandages for the 
African hospitals, you may in- 
directly be drawing someone 
closer to knowing God. 

Remember, girls that this is 
God's work. It is for a definite 
purpose. Keep it in view. Do not 
forget to pray about our Sister- 
hood work. Each meeting may 
count for eternity. It is a relig- 
ious meeting and not a social 
gathering. 

Nancy Albright, 
Nat'l. President. 



PAGE EIGHT 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELISl' 



THE TASK OF THE BENEVOLENT BOARD 



John R. Johnston, President, 
Brethren's Home and Benevolent Board 



THE TASKS of the Benevolent 
Board are twofold in purpose — 
the operation of The Brethren's Home, 
Flora, Indiana, and the administra- 
tion of the Superannuated Ministers' 
Fund. 

To better acquaint you with these 
functions, each phase of operation 
shall be considered separately. Only 
the major problems that confront your 
Board will be considered. 

THE BRETHREN'S HOiME 

The Benevolent Board has many 
tasks to perform in connection with 
THE BRETHREN'S HOME. To op- 
erate more efficiently, the Benevolent 
Board has established, within itself, a 
Home Executive Board. The executive 
board is charged directly with the re- 
sponsibility of maintaining the physi- 
cal plant in good operating condition 
at all times. This entails a constant 
vigil to eliminate any hazards which 
might endanger the health or safety 
of the residents. 

The executive board must keep 
abreast of new regulations imposed 
by the State Departments of Health 
and Welfare, and inform the Benevo- 
lent Board of any changes which 
might be required in facilities or 
method of operation to maintain the 
high standard now recognized by the 
State authorities. 

It is the duty of the executive board 
to periodically inspect the property 
and arrange for repair or replacement 
of equipment that is found to be de- 
ficient or inadequate. 

The selection of a superintendent 
and matron is the responsibility of the 
entire Benevolent Board. This is a 
very important duty. In order to be 
placed in such a responsible position 
a person must be a devout Christian, 
and a person full of love and under- 
standing, with a desire to be of ser- 
vice to the church and his Lord. The 
Benevolent Board must assist the su- 
perintendent in securing additional 



help and in solving other problems 
that might arise. 

The Benevolent Board must review 
all applications for admittance, and 
prepare the contracts. Each and every 
contract is different, depending upon 
each individual's desires. 

Operating or Home rules must be 
reviewed from time to time and re- 
vised as necessary to meet ever- 
changing conditions and regulations 
imposed by law. 

The Board must stand ready at all 
times to advise when difficulties be- 
tween resident members arise. In the 
majority of cases the superintendent 
is able to eliminate the difficulties 
without assistance from the Board. 

The settlement of bequests some- 
times become quite involved, and con- 
siderable time is required to finalize 
a settlement agreeable to all con- 
cerned. 

Many small problems come up from 
time to time which must be reviewed 
by the Board and solved. 

THE SUPERANNUATED MINIS- 
TERS' FUND 

The Benevolent Board administers 
the Superannuated Ministers' Fund. 
In the past, awards have been made 
from this fund according to the rules 
established by the 1928 General Con- 
ference, with little exception. With 
changing times, these rules were in 
the need of revision and certain pro- 
posals were introduced for study at 
General Conference in 1958. After 
careful study by the Retirement 
Board, the proposals were rejected as 
not being feasible at this time. The 
Retirement Board in a joint recom- 
mendation with the Benevolent Board, 
presented a new plan to the General 
Conference of 1959 which was adopted 
by Conference but rejected by the 
Churches. The Benevolent Board then 
presented the revised plan which was 
adopted by the 1960 General Confer- 
ence, and which governs the award- 



I 



ing of monies from the Superannuated 
Ministers' Fund. The plan as adopted 
is as follows: 

"BE IT RESOLVED by the Gen- 
eral Conference of the Brethren 
Church that from and after the first 
day of September, 1960, tliat any 
minister too old for the Retirement 
Plan offered by the Retirement 
Board, or not covered by other re- 
tirement benefits, or who does not 
have an income sufficient to meet 
his needs be granted an award; 

"BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED 
that the award to be received by the 
minister and wife, or minister, or 
widow be determined by the Breth- 
ren's Home and Benevolent Board 
on the basis of $45.00 for a min- 
ister and wife, $35.00 for a minister 
only, and $25.00 for a minister's 
widow, per month. Any dire need 
above the amount set will be de- 
termined by the Board. 

"BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED 
that these resolutions shall super- 
cede all previous resolutions con- 
cerning payments from the Super- 
annuated Ministers' Fund." 
The Benevolent Board has been op- 
erating since September 1960 on the 
above rules, which we feel provide the 
most equitable distribution of avail- 
able funds and which are in agree- 
ment with the policies upon which the 
forefathers established the Benevo- 
lent Board. 

To follow the rules prescribed, the 
Board must thoroughly examine each 
individual case and determine its 
merit. 

The Brethren's Home and Benevo- 
lent Board operates in harmony, as 
your servants, discharging its many . 
duties. Sometimes we fail to please 
all concerned, but with your continued 
prayers and the help of God we shall 
strive to do His will until our tenure 
is completed, or He comes. 

Covington, Ohio. 



EBRUARY 4, 1961 



PAGE NINE 



ev. Dyoll Belote, Resident of 

he Brethren's Home, Flora, Indiana 




i/lY "HOME" at the Breth- 
VI ren's Home at Flora, In- 
iana, is in one of the three cot- 
ages on the grounds just west 
f the main building. These cot- 
ages are two-apartment build- 
igs, brick construction, single 
tory, with a single common 
orch and entrance, doors to 
ach apartment on the left and 
he right. The buildings on the 
troperty all face south along the 
nain highway. Each apartment 
onsists of four rooms, a main 
iving room, 121/2 by 16 feet, a 
[itchenette, six by 10 feet (fitted 
vith a combination gas kitchen 
itove and refrigerator, a wall 
md a floor cabinet, and a kit- 
;hen table). 

Lying immediately back of the 
citchen is the large, convenient 
vardrobe, three by six feet, suf- 
icient for caring for the ward- 
•obes of any ordinary couple. Be- 
lind that is the lavatory, with 
lot and cold water and shower 
jath. 

The apartments in each cot- 
tage are entirely separate, and 
entirely comfortable. Light is 
furnished by two windows in 
living room and bedroom, one 
window and light in the lava- 
tory, and artificial light in the 
wardrobe. There is artificial light 
also in the lavatory and kitchen. 

As a retired minister I am 
furnished these accomodations 
at no cost to me. The services 
also include food. 

The health of the residents of 
the Home is cared for by two 
capable and successful physi- 
cians, residing in Flora. Excel- 



lent hospitals are located in 
three adjoining larger towns — 
LaFayette, Logansport and Ko- 
konio. Tlie services of these hos- 
pitals are made available to the 
residents by the Benevolent 
Board. Graves are provided in 
the local "God's Acre" for min- 



the Brethren's Home reside. It 
is a comfortable, pleasant, well- 
kept, dwelling-place for those of 
us who have no other place to 
call "home". It is a dwelling- 
place, but we know that we can- 
not expect such a "home" to du- 
plicate the place we called 



MY "HOME" AT THE BRETHREN'S HOME 



isters and their wives who are 
not able to make such provision 
for themselves. A nurse is in at- 
tendance upon those who are 
confined to their rooms for any 
reason. So all are ministered to 
in the maintenance of such de- 
gree of health as is possible 
within the limits of medical and 
nursing care, and the recupera- 
tive powers of the patient. 

The spiritual needs of the resi- 
dents are met by a devotional 
service each Thursday, con- 
ducted by the pastor of the local 
congregation. Then, too, devo- 
tions are conducted each morn- 
ing, following the morning meal. 
These services are conducted by 
such residents as will partici- 
pate. Turns at this service are 
taken weekly — turn about for a 
week. The Sunday School lesson 
is discussed briefly each Sun- 
day morning following the morn- 
ing meal, and while still seated 
at the table. Then transporta- 
tion is furnished for all who are 
able — and care to do so — to at- 
tend the services at the local 
church, each Sunday. 

This, then, is the "HOME" 
where we who are residents of 



"home" before we came here. 
This necessitates an adjustment 
on our part to changed condi- 
tions. While every "home" re- 
quires thoughtfulness, consider- 
ation, self-denial, helpfulness, 
sacrifice, to make it the place 
like which there is no other in 
all the world, yet such a Home 
as the Brethren's Home must of 
necessity be different. But while 
diffei'ent, it need not neces- 
sarily be less definitely Chris- 
tian. Here our humanity crops 
out, and we are under necessity 
to try to exemplify the Christian 
spirit here as well as anywhere 
else. Human attributes and fail- 
ings came with us when we 
came ; and so our continued prob- 
lem is the subjugation of the 
sinful in our natures, and the 
growth on the part of each of us 
of those graces that bring us 
into likeness to Him, "Whom 
having not seen we yet love, and 
in whom though now we see 
Him not, yet believing, we re- 
joice with joy unspeakable and 
full of glory." "Blessed be His 
Name". 

Greetings to the Brotherhood. 



PAGE TEN 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



A LOCAL MINISTER SURVEYS 



THE BRETHREN'S HOME 



Rev. Arthur H. Tinkel. Pastor, 
Flora First Brethren Church 



TT WAS the privilege of Mrs. Tinkel 
and myself to "live" in the Breth- 
ren's Home for three weeks soon af- 
ter becoming pastor of the Flora First 
Brethren Church, January 1, 1960. 
Brother and Sister Kuns, Superin- 
tendent and Matron, went on a much- 
needed and deserved vacation. We 
were in the Home most of that time, 
sleeping and eating there. After this 
good experience and after being in 
Flora for one year we are convinced 
that an excellent work is being ac- 
complished by the Kuns'. In fact, they 
are working far too hard and are 
being very faithful and conscientious 
in all details. During the last year we 
have been in and out at the Home 
many times. Thi'ee have passed on to 
their Eternal Reward. 

All who are able, have the oppor- 
tunity to attend the regular services 
at the Flora church. Special services 
are conducted as regularly as possible 
in the Home for all. Several have 
radios and some have televisions. Dur- 
ing the past year, a Stereo-Hi-Fi with 
a library of Christian recordings was 
presented to the Home by the Flora 
church. This has a speaker system 
which helps to give good music and 
singing to them when desired. Sev- 
eral good gifts to lighten the work 
of the helpers have been made by the 
churches of the Brotherhood. Many 
other gifts are received from time to 
time. These help to brighten the lives 
of all. 

The care of these elderly people is 
as good as it is possible to give. The 
"eats" are excellent, far above the 
average. No one could possibly find 
justifiable fault with the meals. While 
Mrs. Kuns does not do all the cook- 



ing, but supervises, we can say with 
authority, she is "one good cook". 

It should be remembered that in 
almost every instance, the residents 
are making their "home" here because 
they are unable to maintain their own 
private homes. That alone is a great 
mental strain and test to have to give 
up their owm homes, activities and 
friends. Surely, they do become home- 
sick, discouraged, and perhaps some- 
times a little irritable. This should 
be mentioned only to help our Broth- 
erhood realize better some of the 
problems facing both those who come 
there to make it their "home" and 
those who have the responsibility of 
caring for them. Some are not physi- 
cally able to have hobbies. Time drags 
with them. It perhaps seems ages to 
them between the visits of loved ones. 
Yet, their children and loved ones 
are busy, some living far away, and 
cannot come as often as they would 
like to. Letters and mail are cher- 
ished. All look eagerly for these from 
home or even from others. 

If your church is represented by a 
member here, why not appoint some 
one, or better yet, several, to be re- 
sponsible for writing and keeping 
them informed of your activities. Al- 
so, send a little remembrance or gift 
occasionally. It is easy for them to 
feel that they have become a "has 
been". Help make them believe that 
they are still wanted and have some- 
thing in life to live for. 

One of our problems is, we believe, 
that Brethren people are not respond- 
ing as workers in this Home as they 
might. Recently, a crisis was faced 
with no Brethren being led to come 
in as workers! (This became critical.) 



Others do a good job but it is re- ■ 
grettable that our own people are 
not being led to fill these responsi- 
bilities and opportunities. Others, good 
people, but nevertheless of what we 
term radical faiths have to be secured 
to labor among our own! Brethren, 
this should not be necessary! May we 
awaken before it is too late. Brother 
and Sister Kuns have been overbur- 
dened with work lately, and many 
with less determination and loyalty 
would have yielded to the temptation 
to give up. 

Another need as this minister sees 
it is the building of a "hospital wing" 
to the main building. At present there 
is no adequate provision for those 
who are very ill or bed-ridden to be 
separate from the others. Sometimes 
this becomes very difficult for the 
well to endure and is not even de- 
sirable for the sick. Truly, the Breth- 
ren Church has a great Biblical obli- 
gation and challenge in supporting 
the Brethren's Home. I believe we can 
and will support any reasonable proj- 
ect if it is clearly presented to our 
membership. 

In closing, may our minds be 
stirred up to realize that several of 
those living in this Home are widows 
of some of our finest ministers of a 
few years ago. These men gave their 
lives literally for the Lord and the 
Brethren Church. We should not fail 
their loved ones whom they have left 
in our care. In that terrible death 
and yet triumph for you and me, Je- 
sus said to one of His followers, 
"John, Behold thy mother"! You and 
I will not fail, will we ? May God stir 
us to receive a greater blessing by a 
greater sharing in this phase of His 
work. 



EBRUARY 4, 1961 



PAGE ELEVEN 



REPORT FROM THE BRETHREN'S HOME 



Mr. and Mrs. Russell Kuns, Supt. and Matron, 
The Brethren's Home, Flora, Indiana 



REETINGS from the Breth- 
-* ren's Home at Flora, In- 
iana. 

We have been asked to give a 
jport of the past year at the 
;ome. For those vi^ho have never 
een on a tour of the Brethren's 
!ome, it is located one-fourth 
E a mile west of Flora, on state 
3ad 18. The farm consists of 40 
eres. We have 11 feeding calves 
nd 37 hogs. We raise corn and 
ats. We also have a big truck 
atch and garden where we raise 
ur own vegetables, strawber- 
ies, etc. Our churches send in 

great lot of canned fruit and 
egetables, sponsored by "Food 
or the Faithful." All of this is 
:reatly appreciated. 

Last year, we butchered seven 
logs, two beeves, dressed 200 
'oung chickens, and 75 or more 
tens. We have two large and 
me small deep freezers in which 
ve keep our meat. 

As to the residents of the 
lome, we now have twenty mem- 
)ers ; two bedfast, and three con- 



fined to their rooms. Breakfast 
is served at seven, dinner at 
twelve, and supper at five 
o'clock. Devotions, each morn- 
ing, are conducted at the table 
after breakfast. Each resident 
who will, takes their turn for a 
week conducting these devotions. 
Rev. Dyoll Belote presents the 
Sunday school lesson each Sun- 
day morning. 

At the present, we have four 
helpers. During the past year we 
have painted the living and din- 
ing rooms and several of the 
bedrooms. Tile flooring was laid 
in two of the bath rooms and in 
the elevator room. This year, we 
would like very much to put new 
floor covering in two more bath- 
rooms. 

Two things we received this 
past year which now we don't 
see how we got along without, 
are the portable dishwasher 
from the Northern Indiana 
churches, and the clothes dryer 
from the Win-A-Couple class of 
the Vinco, Pa., church. We give 
thanks for these. 



Our washing machines which 
had been in constant use for 
over seven years, had to be re- 
placed with two new ones. 

We want to thank everyone 
who sent gifts of money, blan- 
kets, sheets, pillow cases, table 
cloths, curtains, etc. Your cards 
and other gifts sent to the Home 
are much appreciated. 

For Christmas, we had very 
nice gifts for everyone under a 
large Christmas tree. We had a 
program on Christmas Eve, at 
which time the gifts were given 
out. On Christmas Day, we 
served turkey and all the trim- 
mings. This was enjoyed by all. 

We lost two of our number 
by death during the past year. 
Mrs. Inez Overholser, of Bur- 
lington, Indiana, and Rev. A. E. 
Whitted, of Smithville, Ohio. 

On March 1st, if God is will- 
ing, we will be starting our 
eighth year serving you at the 
Brethren's Home. Thanks again 
for everything. 



Members of The Brethren's Home and Their Birthdays 



lussell A. Kuns (Superintendent) 

January 4 
flrs. Florence Brower . . . .January 21 

tfrs. Ella Duker February 9 

ilrs. Gladys Kuns (Matron) 

February 13 

Urs. Lova Walker February 26 

Joy Stonebraker March 3 

Hiss Anna Cashour March 22 



Mrs. Orpha Beekley April 6 

Miss Emma Berkheiser ....April 14 

Merle Walker April 17 

Miss Bessie Coblentz (Nurse) 

May 10 

Mrs. Myrtle Rainey May 23 

Mrs. Eva Shanafelt June 18 

David Filer July 7 

Lewis Deeter August 15 



Mrs. Goldie Stonebraker . . August 22 

George Grume September 2 

Mrs. Mary Gripe September 7 

Mrs. Jennie Whitted . . September 14 

Rev. Dyoll Belote September 15 

Mrs. Hattie Mann September 19 

Mrs. Daisy King October 18 

Mrs. Susie Kleplinger . . November 24 



PAGE TWELVE 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



URGENT NEEDS AT THE HOME 



THE MOST URGENT NEED, 
and the most expensive, at 
our Brethren's Home is for hos- 
pital facilities. The residents 
who are bedfast cannot be prop- 
erly cared for in their various 
rooms throughout the building. 
The continual care that they re- 
quire, and the proper equipment 
to care for them make it impera- 
tive that we recognize and rem- 
edy this situation. How to do 
it becomes the concern of our en- 
tire denomination. 

Should we pass a bond issue? 
Should we levy a tax? No, I 
am afraid we cannot use these 
methods, but we can get behind 
a recommended plan of the 
Board, and help in whatever way 
we can. 

We must first realize that 
there is a very definite need. The 



i-esidents' rooms are on the sec- 
ond floor. This means that the 
residents must be able to get 
to the stairs or elevator, and 
then into the dining room for 
meals. When one member be- 
comes bedfast, then all meals 
must be carried to his room. 
Naturally, there is also a great 
deal more work involved in car- 
ing for the room of a bedfast 
resident. AH of this means that 
an increased work load is re- 
quired of the workers at The 
Home. There just isn't enough 
help to give proper care to these 
bedfast members, under the con- 
ditions we have. 

The town of Flora has no hos- 
pital where we can send our bed- 
fast residents. For us to build 
and equip a small hospital would, 
of course, be a great financial 




burden. However, with the I 
ing we have, a wing could 
easily be added that would] 
us the clinical space we i 
The wing could have a minii 
of four rooms, where these 
cial residents could be Ic 
on the first floor, and cloaji 
the center of activity. Our iji 
ent staff could care for f 
much easier, and in the fij] 
more trained personnel couii 
added to the staff, giving k( 
more professional care. j 

Perhaps the new i 
could be joined to the pro 
building at the northeast C03 



THE TREi 



Rev. Clarence A. Stogsdill, Treaid 



PRAISE is in order at this point 
for many of our churches. Not 
that we have more money in our 
treasury than we need, but if we 
don't have it isn't the fault of several 
of our churches. For instance: last 
year 

ASHLAND (Park Street) 

gave $971.00 

DAYTON (Hillcrest) 

gave $525.00 

WATERLOO gave $725.00 

GOSHEN gave $480.45 

ELKHART gave $387.14 

to the support of our Benevolence 



work — The Brethren's Home and the 
Retired Ministers Fund. THANK 
YOU, Brethren! You have a big heart! 
THERE WERE OTHERS, too, who 
rate high, very close to that of Elk- 
hart. Hagerstown, for instance, gave 
$354.34. Several others gave between 
$250 and $300. No doubt this increase 
in giving was partly due to anticipa- 
tion of a new type of increased pay- 
ments to retired ministers, or widowed 
ministers' wives. But many of our 
people have come to see that our past 
work deserved more support than it 
had received. 



There is much indication thail 
Brethren's Home, and our rij 
ministers are beginning to find i) 
place in the prayers and thinkinji 
giving of our people. I might ij 
gest, however, that last year's if 
ings were not above previous ij 
In fact, they were one thousanci) 
lars below that of certain years. ) 
year our churches (combined) if 
$10,054.41 to benevolences. We il 
received as much as $14,000.00 f| 
years. The explanation for the fj 
decline in total giving seems tl 
with the DISTRICTS. Some disi 



3BEUARY 4, 1961 



PAGE THIRTEEN 




the entrance going from 
esent dining room. This 
be close to the kitchen, 
g the wing centrally lo- 
and the serving of meals 
easier, too. The addition 
t floor and a basement, ap- 
nately 34 x 28 feet, could 
ilt by our denomination, 
he cost would not create 
ndue hardship. 
5 is my solution to the 
question. The Board has no 
made as yet, but the time 
fe when we must think, 
and act. Make your sug- 
ns known to any of the 



Dorman L Ronk, Secretary, 

Brethren's Home and Benevolent Board 



Board members, so they may be 
considered, too. Our Brethren's 
Home belongs to each Brethren 
member. 

There are other needs at the 
Home, which may be cared for 
much faster and easier than a 
new hospital wing. These are 
small projects that local 
churches, or even a Sunday 
School class or youth group, 
could assume. They help to make 
the building a Home. One need 
is for tile to be laid in the halls 
and on the stairs. Some of the 
bathrooms also need new floor 
coverings. New curtains will be 
needed in the dining room this 
spring. Others were replaced last 
year. If you are interested in a 
specific project, contact Mr. and 
Mrs. Kuns. They will be glad 
to help you. 



Perhaps the most urgent need 
that each of us can remedy to- 
day is giving encouragement 
through our daily prayers for 
the workers and residents at the 
Home. A prayer and a birthday 
greeting would cheer each one 
so much, making their days 
brighter and more pleasant. 

The Board is certainly very 
grateful to individuals, organiza- 
tions, and churches which have 
contributed and supported our 
work at the Home. There was 
a grand response to special proj- 
ects last year, in addition to 
quantities of food and money 
given through the "Food For 
The Faithful" project. "Inas- 
much as ye have done it unto one 
of the least of these my breth- 
ren, ye have done it unto me." 
Goshen, Indiana 



NOTES 



n's Home and Benevolent Board 



ip — others went down. Those 
;s which increased, noticeably 
ed their giving in other areas, 
ike a look at your annual sta- 

sheet. 

ire especially rejoicing because 
lurches with unified budgets, 
regular quarterly payments, 
sen the ones which are remem- 

us. This means that probably 
)pe) as more churches adopt 
pe of budget, the total church 
tn will benefit — and the Benevo- 
Dard is a strong and worthy 
f the total church program. 



OUR BALANCE AT PRESENT IS 
HIGHEST SINCE I BECAME 
TREASURER. 

This does not mean, however, that 
we can sit down and rest. This is 
explained partly in that the board 
has sold some property, and without 
this sale we would be giving the usual 
cry for more offerings. We do not 
have a great deal of resources left 
now from which to draw. And if we 
have a usual year in 1961, by Febru- 
ary, 1962, we shall again be asking 
for more. Let's keep the wolf away 
from our treasury door NOW, and 



not wait for the big cry next year! 

We compare below receipts of 1959 
and 1960. "Gifts" means the total 
offerings from individuals, churches 
and the National W. M. S. (who gave 
$2,000): 

1959 
Total, $35,176.75 
Gifts, $12,094.38 

1960 

Total, $30,976.38 

Gifts, $13,883.83 

Our average monthly expenditures 

are approximately $2,400. 

C. A. Stogsdill, Treas. 



PAGE FOURTEEN 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIS 



MY IMPRESSIONS OF 

THE BRETHREN'S HOME 



Rev. Carl Barber, Pastor. 

Pleasant Hill, Ohio, Brethren Churck, 



AS I LOADED a number of 
gifts from the Pleasant Hill 
church into the station wagon; 
as I worked for thirty minutes 
to get it started on that sub- 
zero morning last December; as 
my travelling companion, Lynn 
Shellenberger, and I slid across 
the snow-drifted roads to Flora, 
Indiana; my thoughts went back 
to my first impressions of the 
Brethren's Home. 

These impressions were 
formed by a number of different 
factors: The testimony of the 
very capable and conscientious 
president of the Benevolent 
Board, John Johnston; frequent 
conversations with Richard 
Kuns, son of the Superintendent 
and Matron of the Home; the 
support given by you. The Breth- 
ren Church, in giving the Benev- 
olent Offering each year; count- 
less specific items, such as, paint, 
bedding, television, towels, Hi- 
Fi, and much food through Food 
For The Faithful, sponsored by 
the Brethren Youth; the contri- 
bution which the residents of 
the Home had made through the 
past years to the ministry of 
the Gospel of Jesus Christ, espe- 
cially in the Brethren Church; 



and the promised injunction in 
the day of judgment from the 
lips of our Lord in Matthew 25 : 
40, "Verily I say unto you. In- 
asmuch as ye liave done it unto 
one of the least of these my 
brethren, ye have done it unto 
me." 

Upon arriving at the Home 
we were warmly welcomed by 
Mr. and Mrs. Russell Kuns, who 
provide fine Christian leadership 
in the administrational affairs 
of the Home. Due to the chang- 
ing time zone we arrived just 
in time for dinner, and were im- 
mediately invited to join every- 
one who was able in the dining 
room. We were served a delicious 
and abundant meal. Announce- 
ment was made at the tables 
that Rev. Tinkel would be out to 
hold sei'vices that afternoon. All 
indications pointed to a good 
morale and a fine spirit of Chris- 
tian love. The Home is well-kept ; 
it is clean and orderly; and ef- 
ficiently operated ; in spite of the 
fact that they are in desperate 
need of additional help with the 
work. 

Brethren, the Home is a good 
one. It is a home of which the 
Bi-ethren Church can be justly 



proud. Through the abilities and 
consecration of His people, both 
the spiritual and physical needs 
of those living at the Home arej 
well met. We owe a vote of 
thanks to those throughout the 
years, who have made it pos-j 
sible. In a time when the carei| 
of the elderly in our country is' 
so important, the Brethi'en 
Church is doing a fine piece of 
work to fulfill that need; but 
there is still much that can be 
done, and should be done. 

Are we going to be any less 
faithful in 1961 in the use of 
our God-given talents? Dare we 
Ventui'e With Christ to an even 
greater extent to provide thei 
Brethren's Home with its ever-i 
growing needs? There is much 
that could be done by Brethren 
people for the Brethren's Home. 
I was favorably impressed dur- 
ing my very brief visit, and I 
am sure that it would be the 
same with you, if you had the 
opportunity to personally visit 
the Home. Show your love and 
gratitude to those folks through 
a greater interest, by way of 
cards, prayers, visits, gifts, and - 
by increasing your Benevolent 
Offering in 1961. 



Give Liberal Support to the 



IBRUARY 4, 1961 



PAGE FIFTEEN 



AN EXPLANATION OF THE 

SUPERANNUATED MINISTERS' FUND 



ev. L V. King, Member, 

ethren's Home and Benevolent Board 



"TIE Superannuated Ministers' 
Fund is an appropriation 
ven to ministers and their 
idows who have retired from 
16 active ministry but who do 
)t have sufficient income to 
ipply their needs. How long 
lis fund has been carried on, 
do not know. Up to around the 
ear 1922, there were two be- 
pvolent boards. The Brethren's 
jome Board conducted the af- 
i,irs of the Brethren's Home at 
lora, Indiana. The Superan- 
iiated Board raised funds and 
istributed them to the needy 
linisters according to the 
ntiount of the funds. This was 
ppropriated each year. 
Around the year 1923, when 
became a member of the Breth- 
m's Home Board the two 
oards were united into one by 
ction of Conference. However, 
le new board named, "The 
rethren's Home and Benevolent 
oard", had to make a double 
ppeal for offerings. They had 
nly one month in which this ap- 
eal was made each year. For 
lany years, the churches, in 
ending in their offerings, des- 
jnated so much for each of the 
iinds. Gradually the offerings 
'ere simply designated "General 
'und". The Board then distrib- 
ted from this general fund to 



the two funds according to the 
needs of each for that particular 
year. 

Originally, only ministers 
were included in this fund. Tlie 
Board, however, without any ap- 
proval of General Conference, 
felt that ministers' widows were 
being neglected, so included 
them in the appropriations. This 
past Conference year, action was 
taken to make official this step. 

Throughout the years a min- 
ister and his wife, or a minister, 
received larger amounts than 
their widows. The length of 
years in which ministers have 
received aid has not been nearly 
as long as for widows. Some 
have received aid for quite a 
number of years. For example, 
Mrs. Wood and Mrs. Cover. A 
few receiving aid now have been 
on the list for quite a few years. 
And even though the amount 
has not been large each year, it 
has been a help to them. 

This is a fund that must be 
determined by the offerings 
that come in each year from the 
churches. The fund has no other 
income apart from a certain 
amount each year from the Eye- 
man estate. The Home and the 
Ministers' Fund share equally 



in this income. This fund has 
been a wonderful blessing 
throughout the years although 
it is only about half as large 
now as it had been for years. If 
we had more such yearly in- 
comes the Board could include 
more worthy members and in- 
crease their monthly allowances. 
The Conference has set goals 
at times for the increase of this 
Ministers' Fund. But the only 
way to increase the appropria- 
tions is to increase the yearly 
offerings from the churches. The 
Board appropriates each year 
just the amount the churches 
send in. There will come a time 
under the new Conference plan 
which will do away with this 
fund. However, this is not in 
the near future. We must still 
retain this fund for some time 
with the same zeal and sacrifice 
as in the past. In fact, just now 
the needs are as great as at any 
time. We do hope this will lessen 
as the years pass. So if we do 
not want to neglect our aged 
ministers or their widows, we 
need to lay aside each week as 
the Lord has prospered us. This 
the early church did and the 
Lord blessed them, not only for 
their tithing but because of their 
desire to give free will offerings 
for the needy. 



benevolent Offering this month 



PAGE SIXTEEN 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST! 




L: 



William H. Anderson 



Topics copyrighted by the International Council of Religious Educ; 
Used by permission. 

Lesson for February 12, 1961 

CHRIST OPENS BLIND EYES 

Lesson: John 9:24-38 



A 



N UNKNOWN POET has said of Christ the Great 
Physician: 

"His hands were always helping, 

His eyes were always kind; 
And He never was too busy 

To heal the sick and blind." 

The unnamed blind man in our lesson found these 
words so true. 

Reading carefully the ninth chapter of John we find 
at least 13 questions that were asked. Let us make five 
obsei-vations with the use of several of these questions. 

THE CONDITION 

"Is not this he that sat and begged?" (vs. 8). 

Jesus had anointed the eyes of the blind man and told 
him to "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam." The man 
obeyed, and according to the Scriptures, "came seeing." 

His neighbors simply could not believe it! Once he 
had been blind; now he could see. So they asked the 
question: "Is not this he that sat and begged?" 

This points up the pathetic condition of this man be- 
fore meeting Jesus. He was blind! All he could do was 
sit and beg! But now, by the grace and mercy of Jesus 
Christ, he who was blind could see! 

How long has it been since we meditated upon our 
sad plight before we came face to face with the Christ? 
Has our encounter with Christ made us grateful? 

THE CAUSE 
"And His disciples asked Him, saying. Master, who 
did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?" 

(vs. 2). 

We are often troubled by the cause of physical afflic- 
tion. Like Job's "comforters," some people delight in 
blaming their neighbor's sickness on personal sin. L. H. 
Higley makes this comment: 

"Three great lessons are clearly taught. First, not 
all sickness or physical afflictions are the result of 
sin, either personal or genetic (vss. 2, 3)... Second, it 
is sometimes God's will to divinely heal in conjunction 
with the use of natural means for healing (vss. 6, 7). 
Third, bona fide divine healing will stand the test of 
human inspection (vs. 13)." 

THE CURE 

"How were thine eyes opened? . . .What did He to thee? 
how opened He thine eyes?" (vs. 10, 26). 

These were the questions asked the man who had been 
blind. The Pharisees in their cross-examination unwitting- 



ly admitted that Jesus had opened the blind man's eyes. 
In simple language the man tried to explain what this 
man Jesus had done. But neither the people, nor the 
Pharisees, could understand it! 

Why not? Because they could not comprehend who Je- 
sus was. Had they recognized Him and accepted Him 
as the Christ, the Son of the living God, they would have 
understood that making the blind man to see was not 
at all difficult for Him. 

The unsaved are baffled at the workings of Jesus Christ 
in the human life. They cannot understand because they 
are devoid of spii'itual discernment. 

But the man who has felt the touch of the Master 
upon his life is conscious of the change wrought in his 
life! He joins the man of John 9 in saying: "One thing 
I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see." 

THE CRITICISM 

"He answered them, I have told you already, and ye 
did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye 
also be His disciples? .. .They answered and said unto 
him. Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou 
teach us?" (vs. 27, 34). 

The Pharisees were unwilling to acknowledge the power 
of the Lord Jesus Christ. Again and again they cross- 
examined the man who had been healed, hoping to trap 
him, in his speech. But the man was more than a match 
for these learned hypocrites. Though he lacked their aca- 
demic learning, yet he did have first-hand experience. 
He knew what had happened to him. And he simply wit- 
nessed to the truth. 

The critics are always with us. They try to malign 
the Saviour and His cause. They endeavor to confuse 
by sowing seeds of doubt in the minds of God's chil- 
dren. But they cannot erase the work of God in the Chris- 
tian's life! 

THE CONSEQUENCE 
"Jesus. . .said unto him. Dost thou believe on the Son 
of God? He answered and said, Who is he. Lord, that I 
might believe on him? And Jesus said unto him, Thou 
hast both seen Him, and it is He that talketh with thee. 
And he said. Lord, I believe. And he worshipped Him" 
(vs. 35-38). 

"Two superb religious truths fairly leap out of this 
passage at the reader. They are, first, 'faith' — the sav- 
ing faith of a convinced and converted man. Second, 
'worship' — the grateful and reverential worship of a 
healed and forgiven sinner. Such miracles of healing as 
lead the soul to saving faith and loving worship of 
God in Christ are worthy of the Christian religion" 
(Higley). 

HOW ABOUT YOUR OFFERINGS? 

BENEVOLENT OFFERING 

(For Brethren's Home and Retired Ministers' Fund) 

Give through your local Church, or if this is not pos- 
sible, note the following information. Church Treasurers, 
also please note: 

Make checks payable to Clarence Stogsdill, Treasurer, 
and address to Rev. Clarence Stogsdill, Box 428, Milledge- 
ville, Illinois. 



EBRUARY 4, 1961 



PAGE SEVENTEEN 




Vmyer Ifleeting 
Stuolies 

hy G. T Qtlnwr 



THE HEALER 

So stood of old the holy Christ 

Amidst the suffering throng; 
With whom His lightest touch sufficed 

To make the weakest strong. 

E That healing gift He lends to them 
Who use it in His name; 
The power that filled His garment's hem 
Is evermore the same. 

The paths of pain are thine. Go forth 

With patience, trust, and hope; 
The sufferings of a sin-sick earth 

Shall give thee ample scope. 

So shalt thou be with power endued 

From Him Who went about 
The Syrian hillsides doing good, 

And casting demons out. 

That Good Physician liveth yet. 

Thy Friend and Guide to be; 
The Healer by Gennesaret 

Shall walk the rounds with thee. 

• — John Greenleaf Whittier 

JESUS HEALED ALL MANNER of sickness and disease 
J (Matt. 4:23, 24). He healed the lepers (Matt. 8:2), 
jave sight to the blind (Matt. 9:27), He healed the 
sroman who touched the hem of His garment (Matt. 
):20), cast out demons (Matt. 17:15, 16), raised the 
lead (Matt. 9:19) — all in answer to earnest petitions 
)f faith (Mk. 9:23). 

What was Christ's motive in His healing work? It 
was not to certify His Messiahship or deity (Matt. 12: 
B8-40). His motive was to do good (Acts 10:38). He 
honored the faith of others in behalf of friends and 
loved ones (Mk. 2:5; Matt. 15:22). He still honors the 
prayer of faith (Mk. 11:24; Matt. 21:22). In raising 
from the dead the son of the widow of Nain, Jesus had 
compassion (Lu. 7:12-15). Great was His compassion 
where there was human need (Matt. 15:30-32). He "had 
compassion" on the two blind men (Matt. 20:34). Jesus, 
"moved with compassion", healed the leper (Mk. 1:41). 
In dealing with "the multitudes. He was moved with 
compassion on them" (Matt. 9:35, 36). The Good Sa- 
maritan, typifying Christ, "had compassion" (Lu. 10:33). 
The father of the returning prodigal "had compassion" 
(Lu. 15:20). Our heavenly Father has loving compas- 
sion on us (Psa. 103:13). 

Jesus did not do His healing work for publicity (Matt. 
16:20). The two men healed of blindness were "charged" 
not to inform anyone (Matt. 9:30). The raising of the 



daughter of Jairus was a private miracle (Lu. 8:51-54), 
and the parents were charged to "tell no man what 
was done" (v. 56). 

Miracles were promised by Christ to those who obey 
His Great Commission (Mk. 16:17, 18). He promised 
miracles to those who have the faith for them (Matt. 
17:19, 20) when they pray (v. 21). Jesus taught the 
father of the lunatic boy the possibility of all things 
to those who have faith for them (Mk. 9:23). The father 
then earnestly cried out to Christ for the necessary 
faith, and was heard (vs. 24, 25). Those who have faith 
shall receive for the asking (Matt. 21:22). It is "the 
prayer of faith" that brings the desired results (Jas. 
5:15). 

When the Jerusalem church was purged by the death 
of Ananias and Sapphira many signs and wonders were 
wrought by the apostles (Acts 5:11, 12), and tliey were 
able to heal "every one" of a multitude of afflicted folk 
(vs. 15, 16). No one in that day wanted to be in the 
church unless he was genuinely converted (vs. 13, 14). 
Not "all" in the church are "workers of miracles"; not 
"all" have "the gifts of healing" (1 Cor. 12:29, 30). 
"These signs shall follow them that believe" — for signs, 
not salvation (Mk. 16:17). Miracles were performed by 
those who had faith for miracles (v. 20). The Holy 
Spirit distributes His gifts severally as He will (1 Cor. 
12:4-11). The miraculous healings of Jesus were done 
by the power of the Holy Spii-it (Acts 10:38). 



Spiritual flDebitations 



Rev. Dyoll Belote 



HELP IN THE DARK 

"My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; 
and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips: When 
I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate upon thee 
in the night watches" Psalm 63:5, 6. 

T HAVE SEEN many a child hug a doll or Teddy Bear 
-'■ to its bosom as it left for bed, but I do not remember 
that I ever heard anyone ask the child why they wanted 
the toy to take with them. One such little girl, when 
asked about the matter answered that she wanted some- 
thing to touch in the dark. Maybe one would catch the 
thought more easily if they could visualize the child 
grasping a puppy or kitten under the covers — something 
that was warm and cuddly. But perhaps the purpose was 
the same — something to touch in the dark. 

How like children are we all. Sooner or later, hours 
of darkness will come to us all. We cannot assure for 
ourselves or those we love escape from disappointment, 
betrayal, heartache, sickness — yes, and death. But if the 
sleepless hours come and we must lie awake in the dark- 
ness, we may be sure that we have the loving watch 
and care of the Savior. We can store our lives with rich 
experiences of Christian friendship and service. 

We can so live each day that each tomorrow will 
be a treasure of rich memories. These memories will 
come to comfort and calm us in the night's dark hours. 
Jesus said, "I will never leave ihee nor forsake thee." 



PAGE EIGHTEEN 



THE BRETHREN EVANGBLIS' 



Sunday School Suggestions 

The Sunday School Board of 
The Brethren Church 

by Dick Winfield 



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TIPS ON TEACHING 

THERE IS A BIBLE proverb that says, "Line upon 
line and precept upon precept." Public schools 
have long recognized the importance of repetition in ef- 
fective learning. Parents recognize the same necessity 
in child training. 

It is likewise true that the same must be done in our 
Sunday schools if v^e are to gain lasting results, and 
carry over our Bible teaching into Ufe. 

We face two practical and difficult problems in our 
Sunday school work. First teaching is done at intervals 
of one week. It is quite easy for our pupils to forget 
during the week what was learned the previous Sunday. 
The second problem is that of a different lesson for each 
Sunday. 

These problems are not insuperable. If the teacher will 
make assignments each week on which pupils may work 
during the week it will help overcome the problem. Our 
people need to develop personal Bible study as a normal 



and regular part of their everyday experience. It wil 
take extra work on the part of the teacher to challenge! 
our pupils to actually study their Bibles. Therefore, ij 
must be presented to the class as a thrilling adveni 
ture. : 

How do we get pupils to study their Bibles during the 
week? EXPECT IT! Often we get not because we expec) 
not. Keep your assignments within reach of the age 
level of your class as well as within the abilities ol 
the pupils. Then, too, you must give them helps foi 
their study. Books should be available in your church 
library. If they are not, some should be obtained. One 
of the goals on our Standard of Excellence is that ten 
new books be added to the Sunday school library per 
year. Bible helps should be among those books purchased. 
Pupils, too, should be helped to purchase some Bible 
helps for themselves, to guide them in their study. Be 
sure to ask your pupils to report back on assignments 
made. As they report back, the problem of forgetting 
from Sunday to Sunday will be greatly diminished. 

Just because you have a different lesson to teach each 
Sunday does not rule out the possibility of using repe- 
tition in your teaching. Make it a practice to review the 
lesson for the past Sunday each time you meet your 
class. In this way the present lesson will be tied into 
the past lessons. Do not always do your review in the 
same manner, but spend some time each Sunday gath- 
ering up facts taught in previous weeks, in order that 
they can be fastened firmly in the minds of the pupils. 






INDIA'S PROHIBITION SEEN 
AS "DISASTROUS" 

NEW DELHI, India (EP)— The 
present government of India is de- 
termined to "abolish the drink evil," 
even though observers say the ban 
on liquor has resulted in an alarm- 
ing deterioration of law and order. 

P. K. Padmanabhan, Asian corres- 
pondent for the Los Angeles Times, 
says production of illicit liquor has 
become "a major cottage industry." 
Police, Padmanabhan reports, are of- 
ten bribed to look the other way as 
the brisk business in moonshine goes 
on under their noses. 

Imported liquor, as well as home 
brew, is distributed through ingenious 
methods. "Hot water bottles and in- 
ner tubes of bicycle tires are filled 
with booze and tied around the 
stomachs of v^romen who then feign 
to be pregnant," he says. Lepers 
whom the police are loathe to search 



are often employed to deliver the 
liquor from door to door. 

Interior Minister B. Dater has 
urged state governments to tighten 
enforcement of prohibition laws and 
"to shift the burden of proof from the 
state to the accused" in trials involv- 
ing prohibition offenses. 

Most Indian newspapers are criti- 
cal of prohibition, charging that the 
government is shutting its eyes to 
the corruption that is increasingly on 
the rise, while bootlegging (with 
profits running as high as 800 per 
cent) has given rise to gangsterism 
on a large scale. 



EX-CHINA MISSIONARY 
REPORTS ON RECENT TOUR 
OF MAINLAND 

BERLIN, Germany — Gerda Buega, 
for many years a missionary to 
China, recently joined a tour of that 



now-Communist country — a tour that 
was organized in East Berlin. 

"One has to search for churches 
and Christians with a microscope" in 
most Chinese towns, Frau Buega 
wrote in the Berlin missionary news- 
paper, Der Ruf (The Call). She said, 
however, that the church is still com- 
paratively active in Shanghai, even 
though the number of parishes there 
has dropped from 200 to 20 since 
the Communists came into power. 

A Methodist minister informed her, 
she said, that all ministers in the city 
now meet regularly and that denomi- 
national differences no longer matter. 
Three services are held in his church 
each Sunday, and each is attended 
by some 300 persons. 

In other towns, Frau Buega re- 
ported, only one Sunday service is 
generally conducted and seldom more 
than 60 persons are in attendance. 
While there were 65 churches in Pe- 
king in 1957, four congregations still 
meet regularly. 

She confirmed earlier reports that 
pastors generally work in factories, 
some full-time. However, she disclosed 
that several Christians she met had 
responsible positions. In one province, 
Frau Buega said, some 50 Christians 
in various towns have been elected 



I FEBRUARY 4, 1961 



PAGE NINETEEN 



I by the people as their representatives. 
But as "followers of Christ," they 
iwere tolerated as a minority group 
land had none of the status enjoyed 
by Communist Party members. The 
wives of some ministers, she noted, 
I work as nurses while that of a bishop 
[is employed in an envelope factory. 
j The missionary said she returned 
to the mainland "with a sincere de- 
sire to understand the people of New 
China, both Christian and non-Chris- 
tian." 

She said that personal contacts had 
made it clear that church representa- 
tives were eager for an exchange of 
thought and that "even my visit as 
a 'biased missionary' was welcome." 

i MOSLEM MOBS STIR RIOTS 
IN ALGERIA 

ALGIERS, Algeria (EP)— Nation- 
alist-minded Moslems, demonstrating 
against French President DeGaulle's 
proposed self-rule for the little pock- 
et-sized kingdom, have struck out 
with knives and guns in an attempt 
to keep Algeria French. 

On December 12, shortly after Pres- 
ident DeGauUe arrived in Algeria, 
the Moslems vented their fury on 
Jews. They sacked Jewish stores and 
looted a synagogue. French para- 
troopers, aided by police, used clubs, 
rifles and gas grenades to subdue the 
rioters. Today, the death toll stands 
at 131 persons. In Casbah, a crowd 
of 1,500 Moslem demonstrators broke 
through police barriers waving the 
flag of Ferhat Abbas' rebel govern- 
ment and shouting "Moslem Algeria" 
and "Abbas to power." 

MILLION TIBETANS TO BE 
DRIVEN INTO PEOPLE'S 

COMMUNES 

NEW DELHI, India (EP)— News- 
men here have learned that Chinese 
Communist bosses in Tibet have de- 
cided to strip one million inhabitants 
of their houses, land, animals and 
tools and herd them into people's com- 
munes. 

Family life will be virtually wiped 
out as men and women go into sepa- 
rate dormitories and children are en- 
rolled in commune schools. Their 
days will be devoted entirely to col- 
lectively organized production. 

General Tan Kuan-san, Tibet's Com- 
munist Chinese overlord, said his 
"democratic reforms" have set the 
stage for the communes, that the 
"rebel activity" (freedom movement) 



has been completely crushed and that 
"monasteries, monks and nuns have 
been deprived of their feudal privi- 
leges." 

"The oppression and exploitation of 
peasants and workers by the richer 
classes and by the monks have been 
brought to an end," General Tan 
added. "The Tibetan people now en- 
joy genuine freedom." 

He praised the communal system, 
boasting that when the entire popu- 
lace was thus organized, Tibet will 
have taken a gigantic stride toward 
becoming an ideal Communist society 
— "something that older socialist 
states have yet to achieve." 



CHRISTMAS "UNNOTICED" 
IN CHINA, SAYS 
PEIPING RADIO 

HONG KONG (EP)— Christmas in 
Communist China this year "passed 
almost unnoticed by Chinese citizens," 
according to a Peiping Radio broad- 
cast. 



It reported, however, that religious 
services were held in Peiping for for- 
eign diplomats and a party of carol 
singers organized by the British em- 
bassy toured other Western embas- 
sies. 

The station said "red and gold ban- 
ners with Christmas messages in Chi- 
nese" were hung in the Anglican Ca- 
thedral of Our Saviour in Peiping, 
during religious services. 

It said "very few Christmas trees" 
were seen anywhere in the country 
and "their cost averaged $60 each." 

NEGRO PRIESTS IN U.S. 
TOP 100 MARK 

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (EP)— Dur- 
ing 1960, 12 Negro priests were or- 
dained in the U. S. to push the total 
CO more than 100 for the first time. 
So says a statistical survey published 
by the Divine Word Seminary here. 

This brought up the total number 
of living Roman Catholic Negro 
clergymen to 106. Thirty-one of these 
are diocesan priests and 75 are mem- 
bers of 17 religious orders. 



The 

Woman's 

Corner 



by 

Helen 

Jordan 



ALTHOUGH OCTOBER has been 
past awhile, I hope you readers 
will enjoy this poem written by Molly 
McShirley who is almost 93 years 
young and a member of Group I, Oak- 
ville, Indiana. She wrote the poem 
and presented it at the Indiana Dis- 
trict Rally held in Oakville on Oc- 
tober 13, 1960. (HJ) 

OCTOBER 
Soon we will see October leaving 
She will be sad to go we know 
For she is such a lovely month 
And we all enjoy her so. 

Yes, we all love October 

with the rich colored garments 

that enrobe her 

Shades of red, yellow, russet brown 

Decorate the countryside 

The village and the town. 

Autumn flowers in extra 
Brightness seem to show 
Refreshed by showers 
That come and go, 
And we enjoy them every one 



Because we know 

They'll soon be gone 

For Jack Frost with his chilly breath 

Will change their beauty into death. 

But not for long we know 

For in the Spring they'll live 

And again their beauty show 

Even now some of the tired, worn-out 

Leaves are tumbling down 

They have had their day. 

Had their part in the shading 

of the town. 

The lovely summer months have flown 
But October acts as a go-between 
Winter's chill and Summer's sheen 
Then in October, rally day again 
has come, and we greet them 
Every one, who from the northern 
churches come. 

And we trust a pleasant day 
'twill be. Meeting friends. 
Singing songs, giving talks 
and all such things you see. 

And may there be suggestions made 
That will come to the churches' aid. 
In the work that is being done. 
In the name of the Master and His 
dear Son. 

AUTHOR: 
Molly McShirley 
Oakville, Indiana. 



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T^e Brethren Lai^man 



Views 

and 

Comments 

Floyd S. Benshoff 




"TILL LEAP YEAR GIVES IT 29' 



FEBRUARY, consistently the shortest month of 
the year, does not take a back seat to any 
in the matter of impoi'tance and outstanding 
events. A casual look at the calendar reveals that 
this "shorty" has given to our country and the 
world some of its outstanding statesmen. Babies 
named George Washington, Thomas Edison, 
Charles Dickens and Abraham Lincoln were born 
in February. The Boy Scout movement had its 
inception in this second month of the year. Wo- 
men suffrage became legal in February and the 
first president of these United States was elected 
in this month. Many farmers set their first hens, 
major league ballplayers head to their southern 
training camps and the first signs of spring are 
seen in northern states as February runs its 
course. (Pa. trout season is still two months 
away.) My Dad was a February product, its 
birthstone, the Amethyst, means sincerity and 
along with its being Valentine month, history 
builds quite a case for it. 

Tlie Brethren Church, a good many years ago, 
through its official body. The General Conference, 
designated the month of February as Benevolent 
month . . . that is, the month when brethren in 
every local church would be asked to give and 
gather an offering for its Brethren home and 
superannuated ministers. This was very impor- 
tant to those who purchased and founded, in the 
name of The Brethren Church, our Home at 
Flora, Indiana. It should be of equal importance 
to us today. Many of those "founding fathers" 
have departed this life and may, even now, be 



watching to see what kind of "trustees" they 
have left behind. 

Ingratitude is a sin. In our day-to-day contacts 
the grocer thanks you, the milkman, the baker 
and the telephone operator do likewise. Your 
wife may thank you if you help her with the 
dishes, and daughter thanks you many times even 
for incidentals. Most people show a fair amount of 
gratitude. I know some folk who never seem to 
let the phrase "thank you" pass their lips. They 
are people who take the attitude that "it's com- 
ing to me", or, "the world owes me a living." 

In the giving of gifts to and through our 
churches, we, in a real, substantial way say 
"thank you" to God for His bounties to us. Were 
we to let our lip service in this department be our 
only expression, the program and work of the 
church would come to a grinding halt. (Reminds 
me to say that "book" members are of little or 
no value to anyone, including themselves.) 

The folks at our Flora, Indiana, headquarters 
have and still are serving the church well. They 
have come from all sections of our fair land. They 
have demonstrated, as our gem of the month 
suggests, that fine quality known as sincerity. 
May we laymen, as we give a generous benevo- 
lent offering this month, pray for the content- 
ment in Christ for all the aged of "the household 
of faith". 

And too, layman John R. Johnston is the presi- 
dent of the Benevolent Board. DON'T LAY 
THAT ENVELOPE ASIDE. FILL IT NOW. 

F. S. B. 



FEBRUARY 4, 1961 



PAGE TWENTY-ONE 



THE SECRET 

[ met God in the morning 
When my day was at its best 
And His presence came like sunrise, 
Like a glory in my breast. 

All day long the Presence lingered, 
All day long He stayed with me. 
And we sailed in perfect calmness 
O'er a very troubled sea. 

Other ships were blown and battered. 
Other ships were sore distressed, 



But the winds that seemed to drive them 
Brought to us a peace and rest. 

Then I thought of other mornings. 
With a keen remorse of mind, 
When I too had loosed the moorings. 
With the Presence left behind. 

So I think I know the secret. 
Learned from many a troubled way: 

YOU MUST SEEK HIM (HIS WILL) IN THE MORN- 
ING (beginning) 
If you want Him through the day! 

— Ralph S. Cushman 



Venturing With Christ 

Requires Laymen to Be — 
STEWARDS OF TIME AND SELF 



Eccl. 3:1, "To everything there is a season, 
and a time to every purpose under the heaven." 

THE SLOGAN of our modern time seems to 
be "Give us time"; The most accepted ex- 
cuse is, "I would love to, but — I just don't have 
time." It is of course true that modern times 
offer so large a variety of activities that no one 
can possibly keep up with everything. Indeed we 
have to pass by many opportunities for culture, 
pleasure, and spiritual experiences that we would 
greatly enjoy and find profitable. But little do 
we realize that we are all responsible for the 
proper apportioning of our time and self. 

Regardless of our walk of life — pastor, car- 
penter, laymen and etc., we are called to service 
for "HIM". Man little realizes that Man is a king 
under God. And as a king he is responsible for 
the realm, for the throne, and for the man who 
occupies the throne. The beginning of steward- 
ship lies in the fact that we owe life and all we 
possess, and the world in which we live, and ev- 
erything about it to "GOD". He made it all, and 
in that sense we "owe it all" to Him. He con- 
stantly sustains it all. We originated nothing we 
have, but we receive everything from the bounty 
of God. We are in debt to Him. 

We owe it to Him to budget our time, to study 
His word, to seek His advice in prayer, to offer 



The 
President's 




Isaac B. Li+ton 



our praises to Him in appreciation and to serve 

Him faithfully. 

God not only calls pastors, He has called each 

of us as laymen to witness for Him. But do we 

have time? Have we fully surrendered ourselves 

to Him? 

All that we are, all that we think, all that we 

feel, all that we do, all that we possess belongs 

to God, our time and ourselves. WILL YOU ROB 

GOD? 

Ah, when I look up at the Cross 

Where God's great Steward suffered loss 

Of life, and shed His blood for me, 

A trifling thing it seems to be 

To pay a tithe, dear Lord, to Thee, 

Of time or talent, wealth or store 

Full well I know I owe Thee more; 

A million times I owe Thee more: 

But that is just the reason why 

I lift my heart to God on high 

And pledge Thee, by this portion small, 

My life, my love, my all in all. 

This holy token at Thy Cross 

I know, as gold, must seem but dross, 

But in my heart. Lord, Thou dost see 

How it has pledged my all to Thee, 

That I a steward true may be. 

(The Steward's Prayer 

by Ralph Spaulding Cushman.) 



PAGE TWENTY-TWO 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



Brethren Youth 



PROJECT-1961 




Vinco Project-ers 



NATIONAL Brethren Youth will 
raise $6,000 for the radio sta- 
tion in Argentina as their 1960-61 
National Project. On the following 
page you see the best slogan and art 
work chosen from those suggestions 
sent to the National Office. You will 
be seeing this Project reminder from 
time to time and in each youth group 
there should be a Peso Bank. These 
patterns for the Peso Banks were sent 
to all pastors, so let's run the Banks 
over for Argentina! 

Following is a report of one youth 
group's work on the Project and there 
are many others who are working just 
as diligently so "That The World May 
Know — Argentina or Bust." 

VINCO INTERMEDIATES 

WORK 
FOR RADIO ARGENTINA 

A few weeks ago a good-sized group 
of Intermediate B. Y. C.'ers and their 
advisors gathered at the Vinco Breth- 
ren Church dressed and equipped for 
work. The only tools in evidence were 
rakes — and that is all that was needed 
for this occasion. The young people 
were setting out for a day of leaf- 
raking! 

After working for a couple of hours 
in the morning the group returned 



to the church's Fellowship House 
where they enjoyed eating their sack 
lunches together. Immediately after 
lunch they went back to work again, 
raking, gathering into a truck, and 
dispersing the fallen leaves on a num- 
ber of lawns. No regular "charge" 
was made for this service — folks just 
gave as they felt led. 

At the close of the day (about 5: — 
o'clock) fifteen or sixteen tired Breth- 
ren Youth Crusaders, and three even 
more tired advisors, headed for their 
respective homes, happy as a result of 
the day of Christian fellowship and 
rejoicing over the fruits of their ef- 
forts — THIRTY-EIGHT DOLLARS 
TOWARD THE NATIONAL B. Y. 
PROJECT! Our Intermediate advisors 
are Mrs. Bates, Mrs. Rorabaugh and 
Mrs. Coleman. 

In November our group did some- 
thing a little different (and a little 
"old-fashioned") for a social — we took 
a moonlight hike! We gathered at the 
home of one of the church families 
and hiked from there to our Fellow- 
ship House "across the mountain." 
When we got back we went to the 
parsonage where we enjoyed a couple 
of games and then had refreshments 
of chili, homemade doughnuts and 
cider. There were twenty-two young 
people and advisors on this trip. We 



had a sledding party for our Decem- 
ber social during the Christmas holi- 
days. 



PLEASANT HILL 
ACTIVITIES 

The Pleasant Hill B. Y. C. has been 
meeting regularly. Our B. Y. C. dec- 
orated the Christmas tree in the Fel- 
lowship Hall, Thursday evening, De- 
cember 15. 

We went caroling Tuesday evening, 
December 20th, and participated in 
the Christmas program Sunday even- 
ing, December 18th. 



NEW LEBANON GROWS 

The Intermediate and Senior com- 
bined groups of the New Lebanon 
B. Y. C. began in October of 1960. At 
first we were slow, but since plan- 
ning our program, we have been pro- 
gressing steadily. 

In our meetings we have a group 
discussion led by our sponsor about 
specific topics (concerning God, our 
religion, personal problems, etc.), 
prayer, scripture, games, refresh- 
ments, and business meetings. 

As part of our social life, we have 
a "Party-a-Month." This is chosen by 
the youth themselves, and they make 
all arrangements for the party. 

During December our party con- 
sisted of gathering food and gifts for 
needy children. 

We have two teams in our group, 
the Bethany Group and the Zion 
Group, which compete for points dur- 
ing a three-month period. At the close 
of the contest, our losers have to 
treat the winners to a party of some 
type. Our points are given in a va- 
riety of tasks. A few are: 

1. Church Attendance 

2. S. S. Attendance 

3. Bringing Bibles 

4. Meeting Attendance 

5. Guests 

6. Mid-week Bible Study 

And each week we have a contest be- 
tween the two teams for points. 

We have required Bible reading 
over a three-month period to gain 



FEBRUARY 4, 1961 



PAGE TWENTY-THREE 



-THfl 



r rni W0KIP MAY 
KMOW 




points also. These contests draw a Our officers are: 

number of our youth since they seem President-Sharon MiUikm 

to enjoy them. V. President-Jennie Help 



Secretary — Denny Ellison 
Treasurer — John Dillon. 

Sponsor, Jerry Millikin 



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For 1960-61: "VENTURING with CHRIST" (II Peter 3:18) 



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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 

EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor of Publications ..Rev. W. St. Clair Benshoff 
Board of Editorial Consultants: 

Woman's Missionary Society 

Mrs. Charlene Rowser 
National Laymen's Organization 

Floyd S. Benshoff 

National Brethren Youth Beverly Summy 

Missionary Board Mrs. Ida Lindower 

Contributing Editors: 
National Sunday School Board . . . .Richard Winfield 
Sunday School Lesson Comments 

Rev. William H. Anderson 

Prayer Meeting Studies Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 

Spiritual Meditations Rev. Dyoll Belote 

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In This Issue: 

Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial: "Good Intentions in Action" 3 

Missionary Board 4 

Woman's Missionary Society 

Program Planning Section 6 

The Woman's Corner 14 

In Memoriam 15 

What's Doing in the Churches 15 

Sunday School Suggestions 16 

Sunday School Lesson Comments 16 

World Religious News in Review 17 

Prayer Meeting Bible Study 18 

Spiritual Meditations 18 

News from the Brethren 19 

Coming Events 19 

The Brethren Layman 20 

The Brethren Youth 22 



NOTES and COMMENTS 



PASTORS ON THE MOVE: 

Pastoral changes not as yet reported in the Evan- 
gelist include Brother William E. Thomas who 
moved to the Loree, Indiana, church in December 
from the North Liberty, Indiana, church. His ad- 
dress is now: Rt. 1, Bunker Hill, Indiana. Brother 
William Curtis, together with his wife, Fran, and 
little girl, are moving from Ashland to the North 
Liberty pastorate as of February 1st. His address 
is North Liberty, Indiana. 

Brother Duane Sholly, who has resigned from 
the pastorate of the Cerro Gordo, Illinois, church, 
notes that he is presently located at the C. A. 
Sholly residence, Rt. 2, Plymouth, Indiana. He notes 
that he is interested in securing another pastorate, 
and any church in need of a pastor may contact 
him at the above address. His phone number is: 
Lapaz, Indiana, Sunset 43767. 



ASHLAND SEMINARY SUNDAY— MARCH 12th: 

Brethren will have an unusual opportunity to 
give emphasis on the need of young men to enter 
the Christian ministry, and to emphasize the value 
of our own school in training these young men. 
March 12th is the day set apart for special empha- 
sis on Ashland Theological Seminary and its val- 
uable work in training our future ministers, mis- 
sionaries and other church leaders. 

We trust you will plan for this special obser- 
vance in your church. In two weeks (February 25th) 
the Evangelist will carry special features and helps 
to aid you in a fitting observance of this special 
day. j 



BE KIND, NOW! 

If you have a kind word, say it, 
Throbbing hearts soon sink to rest; 

If you owe a kindness, pay it, 
Life's sun hurries to the west. 

Can you do a kind deed? Do it! 

From despair a soul to save; 
Bless each day as you pass through 

Marching onward to the grave. 

If of something for tomorrow 

You are dreaming, do it now; 
From the future do not borrow; 

Frost soon gathers on the bi'ow. 

Days for deeds are few, my brother. 

Then today fulfill thy vow; 
If you mean to help another. 

Do not dream it, do it now. 

Anonymous. 



OUR COVER PICTURE: Don Knight Photo. 



FEBRUARY 11, 1961 



PAGE THREE 



The Editor's Pulpit 



Qood Intentions in fiction 



A LITTLE GIRL was draw- 
ing a picture with pen and 
ink on a paper. It turned out 
to be a cat without a tail. 

"Where's the tail?" asked the 
mother. 

The girl looked puzzled for a 
moment and then replied: "Why, 
it is in the ink bottle yet!" 

So many of our good inten- 
tions are that way. We intend to 
do many things, but somehow, 
as the days come and go, we 
find that the things we intended 
to do remain as the cat's tail — 
in the bottle. 

Good intentions result from 
the knowledge that something 
needs to be done. We know the 
hall closet, or the basement or 
attic need to be cleaned out and 
straightened up. So, we intend 
to do it. Da.vs pass, weeks pass, 
and the same junky mess re- 
mains, with possibly additional 
accumulation of things upon 
things. Perhaps there will come 
a day when we will put our good 
intentions into practice and the 
messy places will be cleaned up. 
Did it ever occur to you that 
such a day may never come? It 
won't come unless a definite re- 
solve becomes action, and you 
take a day to do the job. 

The progress of church work 
is hampered by good intentions. 
Procrastination, the art of con- 
vincing one's self that today's 
job will go better if put off until 
tomorrow, often spoils a good 
workable program in the church. 
A committee meets, for in- 
stance, and lays out a program 
of work for each member. But 



it may be a month or more un- 
til the next meeting of the com- 
mittee, so what happens? Each 
person is busy, and the assigned 
committee work is put ofl? until 
almost too late. It may even be 
undone at all. 

Spiritual growth as individ- 
uals may fall victim to good in- 
tentions. We may realize our 
lack of daily devotions, so we 
resolve to start reading our Bi- 
ble and spending time in prayer. 
Of course, other activities keep 
crowding in on us, and one, two, 
three days, a week and more, 
slip by. Result: No spiritual 
growth because the Bible re- 
mained closed and the knee un- 
bent. 

Our conscience may prod us 
about our church attendance. If 
we have been faithful in the 
past and have grown careless, 
we may resolve that beginning 
next Sunday, we will start going 
again. Good intentions fly out 
the window as some other plans 
arise for us on Sunday. Sunday 
after Sunday, and still church is 
neglected. 

We could go on and on listing 
the many, many areas in which 
good intentions without action 
has hurt individuals and 
churches. Areas of stewardship 
— "I'm going to give more of 
my money to the church each 
week", personal work, visiting 
the sick, writing cards and let- 
ters to the lonely, helping more 
in the church, doing the job "to 
which I was elected" in the 
church — all need people with 
good intentions they are willing 



to put into action. We could go 
on listing these, but it would 
be better to show how good in- 
tentions can be put into practice 
and action. 

The main thing is to remem- 
ber that TIME IS NOW! Also 
remember that TIME PASSES 
SWIFTLY. If it is any comfort, 
we can remember that all hu- 
mans face the temptation to put 
things off. At this point, though, 
the human race is divided into 
two groups — those who keep 
putting things off, and those 
who do something about getting 
things done. 

Our Lord went about doing 
good. One of the words used of 
Him is "straightway", meaning 
immediately. When Calvary was 
on the horizon for Him, "He 
stedfastly set His face to go to 
Jerusalem." 

The cat's tail for the little 
girl's drawing may yet be in the 
ink bottle. Which is alright as 
far as cats are concerned — many 
cats are running around with- 
out tails, but our churches need 
good intentions put into action. 
Whatever each of us is called to 
do in service for the church, or 
whatever we know we should do 
in order to advance our own 
spiritual lives and our service to 
the church — we should do TO- 
DAY! No greater advance could 
come to our church at the mo- 
ment than for every one hav- 
ing good intentions to start put- 
ting them into action — positive 
action for Christ and the 
Church. This is our Venture 
With Christ. W. S. B. 



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MISSIONARY DEPARTMENT 



MISSIONARY BOARD OF THE BRETHREN CHURCH 
550 College Ave., Ashland. Ohio. Phone 39582 



Coatribating Edil 



: W. CLAYTON BERKSHIRE. Gen. 
(MRS.) IDA LINDOWER. Adm. Ai 



CALLING THE F. B. \. 

(Faithful Brethren Intercessors) 



AT YOUR SERVICE 

On January 10, Dale Long, Asso- 
ciate Secretary for the Missionary 
Board; John Porte, Field Secretary of 
the General Conference; and Marlin 
McCann, National Brethren Youth 
Director, left Ashland on a five-week 
trip in the interest of Brethren work. 
They were scheduled to attend the 
Northern California District Confer- 
ence at Manteca, but many otlier 
points were included in their itinerary 
as well: 

Cerro Gordo, Milledgeville, and 
Lanark, Illinois 

Udell and Waterloo, Iowa 

Fort Scott, Morrill, and Mulvane, 
Kansas 

Carleton and Falls City, Nebraska 

Cheyenne, Wyoming 

Manteca, Lathrop, Stockton, Cali- 
fornia 

Tucson and Tempe, Arizona 

This is a rigorous program — even 
for such sturdy emissaries — and the 
Brethren are gi-ateful for their help 
and inspiration. They expect to re- 
turn to Ashland on February 13. 



NEWS 
OF NOTE 

The Missionary Board of the 
Brethren Church will hold their 
first meeting since General Con- 
ference on February 14, at 9:30 
A. M. The Executive Commit- 
tee is scheduled to gather at 2 
P. M. the previous day, Febru- 
ary 13. Any communication in- 
tended for this group should 
reach the office by February 10 
to be included in the agenda of 
business items for Board con- 
sideration. 

On January 19 and 20, three 
of our missionary couples at- 
tended a conference in Ashland, 
Ohio. The Bischofs, Bylers, and 
Krafts took part in this spir- 
itual refreshment, delivering 
messages and discussing their 
fields. Great inspiration was re- 
ceived by all participants and 
those who attended the meet- 
ings. 



The prayers of our people are al- 
ways needed for our missionary pro- 
gram and for our workers. Occasion- 
ally, if one of our missionaries is ill, 
this ministry of intercession is par- 
ticularly helpful. When such request 
is made for prayer, it does not mean, 
however, that the person is danger- 
ously ill; it may indicate that the 
prayers of faithful Brethren are re- 
quested to speed his or her recovery 
and to provide increased spiritual 
strength for the experience. 

With this in mind, prayer is being 
asked for Jean Shank, who has been 
in the hospital in Nigeria with an 
illness which was not immediately 
diagnosed by the doctors. She has re- 
sponded to treatment and is recover- 
ing, but she does need our continued 
prayers. 

Jeannette Solomon also has not 
been very strong. She has had no se- 
rious illness; but her health is not 
as good as we would like for it to 
be, and she would profit by our 
prayers. 

Ernesto Alberti, the young man 
who is pastor of the Nunez Church 
in Buenos Aires, has been ordered to 
bed by his physician because of over- 
work and some lung difficulty. 

Join the F. B. I. and pray for these 
Christian workers ! 




SCHEDULE OF EVANGELISM— 

In Argentina 

Evangelistic emphasis in the Argentine mission 
program may be noted in the following schedule, 
which lists meetings already held and those yet to 
come: 

November 22 - December 4 
December 10-25 



Maria Teresa 

Nunez 

Family Camp 

Youth Camp 

Gerli 

Colon 

Villa Constitucion 

Victoria 

Rosario 



January 10-19 

January 21 - February 3 

February 5-19 

February 5 - March 12 

March 18 - April 2 

April 8-23 

April 29 - May 14 



Please continue to be aware of these dates and 
the missionary effort being put forth. Pray for the 
success of the work. 



Site of tentmeeting in Buenos Aires 



FEBRUARY 11, 1961 



PAGE FIVE 



ONE MISTAKE 

He brushed his teeth twice a day — 
with a nationally advertized tooth- 
paste; 

The doctor examined him twice a 
year; 

He wore his overshoes when it rained; 
He slept with his windows opened; 
He stuck to his diet with plenty of 
fresh foods; 

He relinquished his tonsils and traded 
in several worn-out glands; 
He golfed — but never more than 18 
holes; 

He smoked moderately, never drank, 
and rarely lost his temper; 
He got at least 8 hours sleep each 
night; 

He earned a good salary and was 
ready to give to charities if they 
caught him; 

He was set to live to be 100. 
His funeral will be held Friday. 
He is survived by his specialists, 4 
health institutes, 2 service clubs, 3 
gymnasia, countless manufacturers of 
health foods, and numerous "make- 
life-easier" gadgets. 

He made but ONE MISTAKE. HE 
FORGOT GOD. He lived as if this 
world were all there is to existence. 
He now mournfully must say with 
those who lament, "The harvest is 
past, the summer is ended, and we 
are not saved." (Read Jeremiah 8:30) 

WHO IS HE ? GUESS HIS NAME. 
DOES HE (or SHE) LIVE WHERE 
YOU LIVE? 

"• — they — began to make excuses" 

"Sunday is the only day I have 
in which to rest," the tired salesman 
says, excusing himself for squander- 
ing his sabbath and being quite indif- 
ferent to the fact that Sunday is also 
the only day he has for the cultiva- 
tion of his soul and the worship of 
God. 

"If I do not provide for my old age, 
no one else will," is the excuse many 
a Christian gives for his failure to 
bear a proportional share of the fi- 
nancial burden of the Church, as 
though his generosity toward God 
were to deprive him of comforts 
twenty years later, or as though God 
would not honor faithful stewardship 
with His own prevenient care. 

"But a man has to live," is the 
way one churchman explained the fact 
that he had taken employment with 
a firm engaged in a dubious business. 
To this his pastor very pointedly 
asked in reply, "Live, yes, but what 
for, and why?" 



A young couple had agreed be- 
tween themselves to set up their bud- 
get to include a column for their 
church. Debts, family expenses, and 
the problem of new furnishings, all 
conspired to drain off the dollars un- 
til one day they discovered that their 
unpaid commitment to the church had 
become big enough to give them some 



concern. Thereupon they reversed the 
order and each time the pay check 
was cashed, the Lord's money was 
taken our FIRST. This practice 
proved to be one of the greatest 
blessings in their life together. 

—(Taken from "The United 
Church of Canada Bulletin.") 



GREETINGS FROM NIGERIA 



(The following greetings were sent 
to our church from the Church of 
the Brethren Mission in Nigeria.) 

Near the beginning of 1961 we send 
greetings to our sister missions and 
to the churches in America. 

We are aware of the tremendous 
opportunities and responsibilities that 
are ours as a church in this unique 
point in the history of the young na- 
tion, Nigeria. 

The challenge to all of us comes 
from over 2,000 people who made 
their choice to follow Christ during 
1960. There has been an increasing 
response from Nigerians to fulfill the 
call for leadership in their own fel- 
lowship. 



The year of greatest growth has 
found the Mission hampered by ill- 
ness among the missionary staff ne- 
cessitating some early furloughs, re- 
duced work loads and increasing re- 
sponsibilities for others. Staff needs 
are critical especially in the nursing 
field where only three nurses are 
available to man nine posts. 

We pray for an ever-increasing 
bond of fellowship as we unite our 
strength in the cause of spreading 
His Kingdom around the world. 

Yours in His Service, 
Greetings Committee, 
Mrs. Dorris Blough, 
and Feme Baldwin 



SPOTLIGHT 



REPRESENTING the Woman's 
Missionary Society, Mrs. Essie 
Carpenter has served on the Mis- 
sionary Board for almost eleven 
years. She is a member of the Home 
Mission Committee and chairman of 
the Committee on supervision and 
maintenance of the Missionary Home. 

In this capacity she oversees the 
residence for our returning mission- 
aries, making sure that it is in readi- 
ness for the arrival of new families, 
that it is properly equipped and kept 
in good repair. 

Mrs. Carpenter, who is the wife of 
A. Glenn Carpenter, was born near 
Bellville (Richland County), Ohio; she 
attended Ashland College in addition 
to schools in her home community. 
The Carpenters have two daughters, 
Dorothy and Grace. Mrs. Carpenter 
has been a member of the Brethren 
Church most of her life: first belong- 
ing to the Ankenytown Brethren 
Church; later at Ardmore, Indiana, 
where she still holds her membership. 

Mrs. Carpenter has a number of 
hobbies, chief of which are reflected 
in her sewing and cooking produc- 
tions, occasionally exhibited at county 
and state fairs — they have frequently 
won prizes too. The Carpenters have 



travelled rather extensively also — in 
Europe, Alaska, and Hawaii — bring- 
ing back delightful pictures and ac- 
counts to be shared with interested 
individuals and groups. 

This member of the Missionary 
Board, although not very talkative, 
has excellent judgment and is greatly 
appreciated for it. 




Mrs. A. Glenn (Essie) Carpenter 



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Program 
Planning 
Section 



GRATITUDE 



March Bible Study 



Mrs. Forrest Albright 



No MATTER what the situation, 
the Bible commands us to be 
thankful. "Have no anxiety about any- 
thing, but in everything by prayer 
and supplication WITH THANKS- 
GIVING let your requests be made 
known to God. And the peace of God, 
which passes all understanding, will 
keep your hearts and your minds in 
Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6, 7). 

Now we all know that it is an 
easy task to say thank you for gifts 
and favors done to us. In fact, as 
parents, we have many times 
prompted our little ones to say "thank 
you" when they have been given 
something with the hope of develop- 
ing an attitude of thankfulness in 
their daily lives. We even taught them 
to fold their hands and say "thank 
you" to God for food, for home, for 
parents, and for friends. At church 
we often sing: 

Count your blessings, 
Name them one by one; 
Count your blessings, 
See what God hath done; 
Count your blessings. 
Name them one by one; 
Count your many blessings. 
See what God hath done, 
and 

Thank you, Lord, for saving my soul. 

Thank you. Lord, for making me 
whole. 

Thank you, Lord, for giving to me, 

Thy great salvation so rich and free. 

Yes, we are truly thankful for all 
our blessings and the "Gift of God" 
which is eternal life, but that is NOT 
enough. Paul tells us in Ephesians 
5:20, "Giving thanks always for ALL 
things unto God and the Father in the 
name of our Lord Jesus Christ" and 
in I Thessalonians 5:18, "In EV- 
ERYTHING give thanks; for this is 



tlie will of God in Christ Jesus con- 
cerning you." 

On the basis of these three ref- 
erences we are to be thankful in 
ALL things: when our finances are 
low, when our loved ones are ill, 
when our friends forsake us, and 
when temptations beset us on every 
side. 

If all our lives were lived in en- 
joying the "blessings" God so freely 
bestows, we would remain "babes in 
Christ." God uses our adversities to 
build men and women fit for His 
kingdom, and we should be most 
thankful. 

I am thinking of our young teen- 
ager who was stopped for speeding. 
I'm sure no mother on first thought 
wants this for her son. In trying to 
point out to him why he should not 
be resentful to the officer who 
stopped him, I realized how thank- 
ful I was that God had permitted it 
to happen. We had tried to warn 
him, but this was God saving him 
from a serious accident or even a 
manslaughter charge. God does move 
in "mysterious ways His wonders to 
perform." 

As I look back, there are many 
circumstances for which at the time 
I was not thankful. In fact, I was 
probably resentful. When my husband 
was seriously ill and had to undergo 
heart surgery, I couldn't understand 
what God had in His plan for us. 
Hadn't we been faithful to the 
church? Hadn't we given of our time 
and talents to His work? Why? Now 
we realize that God was only bring- 
ing us to acknowledge our dependence 
on Him and to strengthen our faith 
in His wonderful love and care. He 
was building people of faith! 

Now I thank God for ALL things 
— ^yes, even the unpleasant ones, even 



the ones that try my patience, and 
"provoke me to anger." 

"And let the peace of God rule 
in your hearts, to the which also ye 
are called in one body; and be ye 
thankful" (Colossians 3:15). 

Alliance, Ohio. 



O FATHER, THOU WHO 
GIVEST ALL 

Father, thou who givest all 
The bounty of thy perfect love. 

We thank thee that upon us fall 
Such tender blessings from above. 

We thank thee for the grace of home, 

For mother's love and father's care: 

For friends and teachers — all who 

came 

Our joys and hopes and fears to 

share. 

For eyes to see and ears to hear, 
For hands to serve and arms to lift, 

For shoulders broad and strong to 
bear. 
For feet to run on errands swift. 

For faith to conquer doubt and fear. 
For love to answer every call. 

For strength to do, and will to dare. 
We thank thee, O thou Lord of all. 
John Haynes Holmes. 



GRATITUDE 

(From "King Henry VI", Part 
Act II, sc. I) 
Poor soul! God's goodness hath been 

great to thee: 
Let never day nor night unhallow'd 

pass. 
But still remember what the Lord 

hath done. 

William Shakespeare. 



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FEBRUARY 11, 1961 



PAGE SEVEN 



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Planning 
Section 



STEWARDSHIP 



THUS SAITH THE LORD 



THERE IS a story in the 
Word that tells of Jesus 
standing at the place where 
gifts and offerings were placed 
in the box, there to be recovered 
by the ones in charge of the 
"treasury." A poor woman has 
just cast in her "all" and seem- 
ingly those standing by have 
made remarks that were not too 
complimentary to her. It is then 
that Jesus says, "This poor wid- 
ow hath cast more in, than all 
they which have cast into the 
treasury: for all they did cast 
in of their abundance; but she 
of her want did cast in all that 
she had, even all her living." 

Today we need remember that 
even now Jesus still "sits over 
against the treasury." From 
this place He looks into each 
and every heart. He peers each 
day at us whether it be in of- 
fice, home or even in the 
"temple of the living God." Far 
too often we have failed to look 
through the veil and become 
conscious of His presence, and 
therefore we console ourselves 
with the thought that God does 
not bother about such trifles 
and is not too observant as to 
what we cast into the treasury. 
But when we do realize His 
watchfulness, then we find our- 
selves startled, for we realize 
that we are under observation. 

We often wonder what those 
smug, sneering Pharisees who 
jested at the little contribution 
of the poor widow would have 
thought had they had the rare 
privilege of hearing what the 
Master said to His disciples. 



There is a definite reality in 
the relation of stewardship and 
the Lord. If we could just re- 
alize that there are four words 
that very definitely tell the sto- 
ry we firmly believe that there 
would be a far difl:erent atti- 
tude toward the matter of "giv- 
ing" than now exists in the 
ranks of the church-going peo- 
ple. These four words are — "God 
Gives: We Pay." 

The Golden Text of the Bible 
— John 3:16 — tells us that "God 
gave" and that He gave freely, 
not grudgingly, His only begot- 
ten Son. He gave out of His 
need, out of His abundance, for 
our Lord was His dearest single 
possession — His only begotten 
Son. Far too often we take this 
for granted, accepting the great 
"Gift" as a matt<^r of course. In 
return we seldom think to exam- 
ine our own obligation, for we 
really have nothing to give — we 
must pay. 

Now let us note the word of 
God from His Word. In Deut- 
eronomy 14:22 we read, "Thou 
shalt surely tithe all the in- 
crease of thy seed." A few more 
verses enlarge our thinking 
here: For instance in Leviticus 
27:30 we find these words, "And 
all the tithe of the land, whether 
of the seed of the land or of 
the fruit of the tree is the 
Lord's, and it is holy unto the 
Lord." Once more in Malachi 3: 
10 are the words so familiar to 
all of us: "Bring ye all the 
tithes into the storehouse; that 
there may be meat in mine 
house, and prove me now here- 



Reprinted from the Woman's 
Outlook, November, 1952. 



with, saith the Lord of Hosts, 
if I will not open you the win- 
dows of Heaven and pour you 
out a blessing that there shall 
not be room enough to receive 
it." And yet one more — II 
Chronicles 41:4-5, "Moreover he 
commanded the people that 
dwelt in Jerusalem to give the 
portion of the priests and Le- 
vites, that they might be en- 
couraged in the Law of the 
Lord. And as soon as the com- 
mand came abroad, the children 
of Israel brought in abundance 
the firstfruits of corn, wine and 
oil, and honey, and of all the 
increase of the field; and the 
tithe of all things brought they 
abundantly." Now note that 
they came by command of the 
Lord; that they brought the 
"firstfruits" as their "gift" ; and 
that they brought the "tithe" of 
all things as their "payment." 

We need remember that there 
is a definite distinction between 
tithes and offerings. The tithe 
must always be paid before one 
is entitled to say that he has 
brought an offering. This dis- 
tinction is made clear in Malachi 
3:8, where we read, "Will a man 
rob God? yet ye have robbed 
me. But ye say. Wherein have 
we robbed thee? In tithes AND 
offerings." 

Now we can safely conclude 
from these scriptures that a 
(Continued on page 13) 



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Program 
Planning 
Sect-ion 



Devotions for March 



YOUR BIBLE BREAK 



UNKNOWN RICHES 



PRAYER 
REMINDERS 

Let us praise God: 

For the numberless blessings 
He has given us, our church and 
our Woman's Missionary So- 
ciety. 

For the growing feeling that 
all Christians are brothers and 
that we ought to love all peo- 
ples even as we love Thee. 

That more young people are 
hearing the call to service and 
are dedicating their lives to 
Him. 

That He is our refuge in time 
of trouble and that we can come 
to Him for comfort and rest 
when the cares and burdens of 
this life become too much for 
us. 

For the beginning of a new 
season when He calls to life 
the trees, flowers and other liv- 
ing tilings which have rested 
through a long winter. 

Let us ask God: 

To be near us during this 
Lenten season that we may 
draw ourselves apart from the 
world for a closer walk with 
Him and that we may spend 
more time reflecting upon His 
great sacrifice as we approach 
Easter. 

To bless and renew the 
strength of the Bischofs as they 
rest during this furlough and 
to direct them as they carry 
the burden of missions to our 
churches. 

For the safe return of the 
Bylers to Argentina and fsr re- 
newed vision as they continue 
their work for Him. 

To guide all of us as we serve 
Him daily. 



SEVERAL YEARS ago an old man 
living in New Jersey discovered 
about $5,000 in a family Bible. The 
bank notes were scattered through- 
out the Book. In 1874 the aunt of 
this man had died, and one clause 
of her will was as follows: 

"To my beloved nephew, Steven 
Marsh, I will and bequeath my fam- 
ily Bible, and all it contains, with the 
residue of my estate after my fu- 
neral expenses and just and lawful 
debts are paid." 

The estate amounted to a few hun- 
dred dollars, which were soon spent, 
and for about thirty-five years his 
chief support had been a small pen- 
sion from the Government. He lived 
in poverty, and all the time within 
his reach there was the precious Bi- 
ble containing thousands of dollars, 
sufficient for all his wants. He passed 



Prayer Thoughts 

God's Way 

I sought Him in the still, far place 
where flowers blow 
In sun-bathed soil; 
I found Him where the thousand life- 
streams flow 
Through sin and toil. 

I listened for His step within the 
still, deep-cloistered shrine 
Of secret thought; 
I heard it o'er the world's heart tu- 
mult, still divine, 
The Voice I sought. 

I thought, far off, alone, to feel His 
presence by my side. 
His joy to gain; 
I felt His touch upon life's weary 
pulse beside 
A bed of pain. 

So those who seek the Master follow- 
ing their own way — 
Or gain, or loss — 
Will find Him where their dreams of 
self are laid away, 
And there — a cross. 



the Bible by. His eyes rested on it, 
perhaps his hands handled the old 
leather-bound Bible, with its brass 
clasps, but he did not open it once. 
At last, while packing his trunk, to 
move to his son, where he intended 
to spend his few remaining years, he 
discovered the unknown riches which 
were in his possession. What thoughts 
of regret must have come to his 
mind. If he only had opened that Bi- 
ble years ago, he then might have 
used the money to great advantage. 
Instead of it the treasure lay idle for 
thirty-five years. And he might have 
had it and enjoyed it all that time. 

This is a sad story. But there is 
something infinitely sadder than the 
experience of this man. It is the ne- 
glect of the Bible by God's people. 
Our God has given to His people 
a costly treasure in His ovm Word. 
In this Book of books the riches of 
the wisdom and knowledge, the love 
and grace of God are made known. 
All the child of God needs spiritually 
is to be found on its pages; all wants 
are there supplied. And yet these 
riches, put at our disposal by a lov- 
ing Father, are unknown and unused 
riches. Instead of being enjoyed, used, 
and in using them multiplied, they 
are neglected. 

Are we guilty of neglecting the 
unknown riches of God's Word? If 
the women of the Brethren Church 
wish to know the love of their Lord, 
to understand His wisdom and knowl- 
edge, and to receive His grace they 
need only to turn the pages of His 
Book. May we arise and possess this 
possession which is free to all. 

If you have been following the sug- 
gested method for reading through 
the Bible, and you have read a chap- 
ter a day, you will have completed 
Joshua through I Kings. 

During this Lenten season you will 
enjoy reading With Christ in the Up- 
per Room by Lynn J. Radcliffe. The 
author has translated the events of 
the Upper Room into personal mean- 
ings and you will feel the stirring 
message of the Upper Room. 



FEBRUARY 11, 1961 



PAGE NINE 



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Planning 
Section 



"He that hath ears to hear, let 
him hear" (Matthew 11:15). 

"Apply thine heart unto instruc- 
tion, and thine ears to the words of 
knowledge" (Proverbs 23:12). 

"A true witness delivereth souls" 
(Proverbs 14:25a). 

"And he that winneth souls is wise" 
(Proverbs 11:30b). 

Hear now, the very words of Jesus, 
who said: 

"So then because thou art luke- 
warm and neither cold nor hot, I will 
spue thee out of my mouth" (Revela- 
tion 3:16). 

"He that hath an ear, let him hear 
what the Spirit saith unto the 
churches" (Revelation 2:11a). 

A New Version of 
"The Ninety and Nine" 

There are ninety and nine that safely 

lay 
In the shelter of the fold: 
But millions are left outside to die. 
For the ninety and nine are cold. 
Away in sin's delusive snare, 
Hastening to death and dark despair, 
Hastening to death, and none to care 
For the ninety and nine are cold. 

"Lord, Thou hast here Thy well-fed 

sheep; 
Are they not enough for Thee?" 
But the Shepherd made answer, 
"Millions sleep on the brink of eter- 
nity. 
And these My sheep within the fold 
Care not for the dying in sin's strong- 
hold. 
Care not for the dying outside the 

fold, 
On the brink of eternity." 

But none of the ransomed ever knew 
How the heart of the Shepherd did 

yearn; 
Nor the travail of soul that He 

passed through 
For His sheep without concern. 
For no other way had He to reach 
The millions of earth His way to 

teach. 
The millions of earth except through 

each 
Of His sheep without concern. 



EARS THAT HEAR 

Mrs. Roxie E. Stahl 



"Lord, whence are those marks in 

hands and side 
And whence the scars of Thy feet?" 
"They were made for those for whom 

I died. 
Both saved and wandering sheep." 
"Lord, when wilt Thou come to claim 

Thine own?" 
"Not till the wandering the way are 

shown. 
Not till the wandering My Word have 

known. 
My wandering, dying sheep." 

Ah, ninety and nine, dost thou hear 

His voice? 
Forth then to the work so great; 
Beyond life's span there is no choice 
For those outside the gate. 
If they're brought at all, it must 

be now; 
Then, ninety and nine, don't question 

how. 
Oh, sheep of Mine, go quickly thou, 
Else for them — and you — too late. 

Then all through the churches, apos- 
tate — riven, 

And up from the world's rough steep. 

There'll arise a glad cry to the gates 
of heaven, 

"Rejoice, I am finding My sheep!" 

And the angels shall echo around 
the throne, 

"Rejoice, for the dying the way are 
shown! 

Rejoice, for the Shepherd brings back 
His own. 

His wandering, perishing sheep!" 
Thomas E. Stephens 

The fervent Spirit of the early 
church can be defined in two words: 
fasting and praying; not feasting and 
playing. While the church today is 
feasting and playing, statistics tell us 
that approximately eighty-three souls 
a minute go on into eternity with- 
out having known Jesus Christ as 
Lord and Saviour. 



We Christians need to stop playing 
and start praying! 

Dear Lord, 
If I could have one wish, 
I know what it would be. 
I'd ask that everyone on earth 
Would give their hearts to Thee. 

And every morning, everyone 
Would speak to You and say: 
"Good Morning, God! 
Come walk with me, along the road 
today!" 

Oh, wouldn't it be wonderful 
If everyone we knew 
Were dedicated Christians — 
Not just the "Faithful Few"? 

How very, very happy 

All men in Christ would be. 

To live and love for Jesus' sake; 

To worship only Thee! 

The churches in our city. 

State and nation, too — 

And all around this big, old world. 

Would have no empty pews. 

Can you possibly imagine 
This awe-inspiring sight: 
A traffic jam at Your church 
Every Sunday night? 

Again at Mid-Week Service, 

A multitude for prayer? 

And folks for whom we're praying 

now. 
Kneeling with us there ? 

Oh, glory to Thee, Father! 
And praise unto Thy Son! 
If faithful witnesses we'd be, 
The world would soon be won! 

Dear Lord, 
Hear now my only wish. 
My earnest, heartfelt plea: 
That Christians everywhere would 

bring 
A precious soul to Thee. 

"He that hath an ear, let him hear 
what the Spirit saith unto the 
churches" (Revelation 2:11a). 



PAGE TEN 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



Program 
Planning 
Section 

GOD'S WORD IN MISSION WORK 

CHARLES KRAFT 



GOD HAS REVEALED Himself 
to man. And the record of this 
revelation is couched in the forms of 
human language and written in a 
book. God has become man and en- 
dorsed the human cultural environ- 
ment as an acceptable vehicle of His 
self-disclosure to man. And the rec- 
ord is with us today, proven to be 
valid not only in the original lan- 
guages and the original environment 
but in translation into all of the 
world's major languages. 

God is at work in history, reveal- 
ing Himself to men as we are, bound 
hand and foot by the customs of our 
fathers, working in and among us by 
His Spirit, through and in spite of 
those of us who call ourselves His. 
God is at work, and the tools which 
He uses are common tools — our life 
and our language. He is a perfect 
gentleman, respecting us enough to 



General Conference is a mosaic of 
many things fitted together to cre- 
ate an emotional experience as well 
as a unification of Brethrenism. Each 
has a unique character. Last confer- 
ence the W.M. S. theme, A SENSE 
OF GOD, was set by your Vice Pres- 
ident on Tuesday morning when she 
read from Acts 17 the account of 
Paul on Mars Hill. She said, "A sense 
of God — our salvation in a changing 
world. Everyone seeks a god, or gods. 
Only as we understand why they 
seek, and how, can we really help 
them to know Jesus. And as we 
study to help them, we come to know 
our own beliefs better." The whole 
conference seemed to deepen the im- 
pression that the Brethren Church 
was seriously seeking to venture in- 
to new ways with Christ. Out of that 
conference has come new insight in- 
to ways we may try, and a new wil- 
lingness to try. We share with you an 
article and a letter written by two 
Brethren who work on a continent 
that is in the midst of rapid change. 
Chuck Kraft is presently in school in 
the U. S.; Glenn Shank is in Nigeria. 



meet us in terms of that which we 
feel to be important; changing, trans- 
forming us, but in such a gradual, 
natural way that if we are not care- 
ful we credit ourselves rather than 
Him for the improvement. God is at 
work in, and in terms of, the cultures 
and languages of men, yet bound by 
neither. 

We are His ambassadors, and His 
Book is our guide and manifesto. We 
are His witnesses, able to witness 
to the working of His Spirit, among 
us and among others as recorded in 
His Book, in terms of the life and 
language of particular cultural set- 
tings in all times and places since 
time began. 

We are partakers of His nature 
since He has entered our lives. And 
this has had an effect upon the cul- 
ture of which we are a part. Yet 
He is not bound to work only in 
the ways by means of which He has 
made Himself known to us. As dearly 
as we hold to our own understand- 
ing of things Christian, God is but 
meeting us where we are in terms 
of, yet in spite of, our cultural limita- 
tions. 

Ours is a wonderful God and His 
workings are marvelous in our eyes. 
But it has never been an adequate 
approach to the task of evangelizing 
the world which presents the Chris- 
tian message in such a way that it is 
indistinguishable from the particular 
manifestation of Himself which we 
hold dear. God takes account of 
where man is — the customs he is 
bound by, the finiteness of his under- 
standing — and we must too. And this 
is where God's Book comes in, for 
it is supremely in this book that the 
working of God is demonstrated to 
transcend Western or Hebrew or Ro- 
man or Greek cultural limitations. 
Yet He manifestly has worked and 
is working in and through (and in 
spite of) them all. 

It is to the taking of this book to 
the world that we must apply our- 
selves above all. And this with an 
absolute minimum of interpreting on 



our part. It is our obligation to re- 
spect other people, wrapped up in 
vastly different complexes of tradi- 
tions, as much as God respects us — 
as worthy of the right to read and 
appropriate the truths of Scripture 
with the guidance of the Holy Spirit 
in ways which appeal to them and 
which spring from their own felt 
needs. 

We must steadfastly resist the 
(unconscious) attempt by ourselves 
and, perhaps, by the people to whom 
we go, to place ourselves and our 
ways of approaching God between 
them and God. Our object must be 
above all to make the way possible 
for those to whom we go to see and 
appropriate their God-given right to 
approach God directly in terms of 
their minimal, perhaps, yet, under 
the direction of God's Spirit, ever- 
broadening understanding of things 
Christian. 

To put this another way, we must 
steadfastly deny ourselves the right 
to "organize" their churches with its 
implication that ours is the major 
say in the developing of "their" dog- 
ma. A church to be "indigenous" 
must be started indigenously by 
them under the guidance of God's 
Spirit alone (a right, by the way, 
that we would not think of denying 
ourselves!), according to forms fa- 
miliar to them (and by "them" we 
mean not just those educated into 
Western patterns), and in a way ap- 
propriate to its effective witness 
within the particular cultural setting. 
It is not Christian to start a church 
for the people according to our pat- 
terns with the hope to indigenize it 
later — by that time our blunders have 
the status of "God's laws" in the eyes 
of believers and unbelievers alike. 
They must by no means be denied 
the right to develop and overcome 
their own heresies (as we have ours), 
and the thrill of discovering those 
truths which most appeal to them (as 
vi^e have discovered and emphasized 
those which most appeal to us) in 
the experience of building a church 
with God. Nor dare we forget that 
it is God by His Spirit, not us, who 
is to build the church. 

To approach peoples of other cul- 
tures in this way we must assume 
for ourselves a particular role with- 



FEBRUARY 11, 1961 



PAGE ELEVEN 



Reports from our Mission Fields: 



in the society in which we plan to 
work. The role of teacher is particu- 
larly unsuitable, especially at first. 
The missionary who assumes the role 
of teacher soon — and startingly^dis- 
covers that he has little to teach 
that is relevant to those in the grip 
of another culture. That which we 
have learned (even of spiritual 
things) has come to us couched in 
the terms and concepts of the tradi- 
tions of our fathers and is not im- 
mediately applicable to the situation 
of one whose background is vastly 
different than our own. Rather, our 
teaching becomes disruptive of the 
culture of the target people and in- 
terpreted by them as a means of 
proselyting for our culture (not for 
God). 

Instead, the missionary who would 
adequately witness to the truth of 
God must assume the role of a 
learner. This is logically, both from 
our point of view and theirs, the 
proper role for one coming from out- 
side the cultural pattern (whether 
ours or theirs) to assume. One must 
put himself at the feet of those to 
whom he goes as a learner — no mat- 
ter how convinced he may be of the 
validity of and need for that which 
he seeks to commimicate. He must 
above all respect those to whom he 
goes as they are, demonstrating more 
his need of them than their need of 
him, seeking withal to win (not de- 
mand) a hearing for the message 
which he has come to communicate. 

By this means an adequate foun- 
dation of mutual understanding is 
laid, including a basic knowledge of 
the language on the part of the mis- 
sionary, to enable the ambassador to 
embark upon that which is to be his 
most significant contribution to the 
life of those to whom he goes — the 
translation of the Scriptures into the 
vernacular. Even in this he is mani- 
festly dependent upon those to whom 
he would minister, since all he knows 
of the Word has come to him in a 
different cultural environment. Yet 
his aim is to allow God to speak their 
language, enter their life, bind Him- 
self to them within the confines of 
their limitations and their felt needs 
even as Christ did in another human 
setting long ago for the sake of all 
of us. 



SHANKS WRITE FROM NIGERIA 

GLENN SHANK 



Dear Members of the W. M. S.: 

We greet you in the name of Jesus 
Christ our Saviour. It is with great 
joy that we send these greetings to 
you all. 

Since returning to the field we have 
been very conscious of your support 
and interest which has been mani- 
fested in several ways; letters and 
cards, parcels (mostly bandages), of- 
ferings to World Missions and proj- 
ects and prayers. It is with a keen 
sense of appreciation that we ex- 
press our sincere gratitude to you 
all for this fine response. Every let- 
ter, card and parcel is a visit from 
home — a visit that boosts our morale 
and gives encouragement for the 
tasks that await us. To know that we 
can depend upon the W. M. S. brings 
a sense of satisfaction and confidence 
to us. We are most grateful for your 
continued remembrance. 

Now for a brief summary of what 
we have received thus far this tour 
(till August 1) in way of corres- 
pondence and material aids (parcels). 

1. Letters— 107 letters from 66 dif- 
ferent societies. Have a feeling that 
this number should be higher but this 
includes only those letters which 
definitely stated that it was from a 
particular society. May we suggest 
that if you are writing for some so- 
ciety you include the name. Also 
please include your return address 
as we make it a policy to acknowl- 
edge all correspondence. Mail can be 
sent either by boat or air. The for- 
mer takes from two to three months 
to reach us. The latter takes from 
two to three weeks. Air forms are 
available at most Post Offices — these 
are cheap and convenient. 



2. Cards — Received 12 Christmas 
cards from 12 different societies. 
Some of the above letters are written 
as Christmas greetings. Very few 
birthday or other types of cards have 
been received. Here again it is pos- 
sible that some cards from individ- 
uals were meant to represent some 
society. During rush seasons (Christ- 
mas) even air mail takes a long time 
to come. We received Christmas 
cards up until the last week of 
March. 

3. Parcels — 23 boxes from 15 dif- 
ferent societies, with 16 of them com- 
ing from 8 societies in the Southeast- 
ern District (our home district). 
Most of the parcels contained band- 
ages for the dispensary. Some other 
medical supplies and some supplies 
for use in the women's school have 
been received. These are all greatly 
appreciated not only by us but by 
our people who are benefited through 
their use. Most parcels come in good 
shape, but occasionally one comes 
rather dilapidated with some of the 
contents missing. Care should be tak- 
en in sending these. The St. James 
Society send their things in a feed 
bag. The contents have been in plas- 
tic bags. We think this is a good way 
to send things — the bag is usable too. 
Customs has been no problem al- 
though once or twice they were 
rather high. The custom rate is 20% 
of value plus postage so the higher 
the value you list, the higher the 
customs. Bandages are exempt from 
customs. 

We covet for you all a splendid 
year as you continue in this work. 

Sincerely, 
The Shanks 



This letter was written by the 
Shanks in August and was sent to 
Mrs. Rodkey for her to read at Gen- 
eral Conference. However, it arrived 
too late for the conference. Mrs. Rod- 



key has asked that it be printed. As 

you write letters to our missionaries 

and send them parcels, please follow 

the Shanks' suggestions. 



PAGE TWELVE 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



Program 
Planning 
Section 



PROGRAM 



LAST MONTH we began a series 
of articles based upon the gen- 
eral theme "Seven P's for more ef- 
fective W. M. S. devotional meetings." 
In that first article we considered in 
some detail the first of these P's — 
"Purpose." Our second "P" about 
which we write tliis month stands 
for Program. In this article we wish 
to consider some practical points per- 
taining to the monthly program. 

Each montli in the Outlook the 
Editor gives us a suggested outline 
for each monthly meeting. However, 
this alone is not enough. Every wom- 
an has her own particular way of 
washing dishes, of hanging up 
clothes, of furniture arrangement, of 
placing dishes in a cupboard. Another 
woman can really change things in 
a hurry or possibly find it "impos- 
sible" to locate a certain dish. The 
same pi-inciple is true with a pro- 
gram. For example, one woman may 
see the need of learning Bible verses. 
So she hands each woman a piece of 
paper on which is written the Bible 
verse to be learned. At the meeting 
the women open by repeating this 
verse. It is again repeated before the 
regular scripture and again before an 
article and the business. Perhaps the 
women even close with this verse. 
Another woman may stress prayer; 
another visitation. Our overall pro- 
gram does try to stress all of these. 
We need to do the same, but some 
are given talents that others do not 
have. Make use of them in your local 
meetings. 

One very important factor that the 
majority of women neglect is to be- 
gin on time. The very woman who is 
late is also the first one to say we 
should begin on time. In due time a 
group has a good idea as to the time 
most suitable for everyone. Don't 
spoil it by wasting valuable time that 
is the Lord's. This all too often gives 
Satan the very opportunity he loves 
most — to work through gossip. 



While we emphasize the fact that 
to waste time should not be neces- 
sary, we also need to keep in mind 
that there is danger when we hurry 
through our devotions. Again we ask 
you to remember the purpose of the 
Woman's Missionary Society. Why do 
we meet ? The business of the W. M. 
S. is important but not as impoi'tant 
as the soul of each woman present 
and the soul most in need of Jesus 
Christ. "Seek ye first the kingdom of 
God and all these other things shall 
be added unto you." Keep this 
thought in mind as you sing the 
hymns of the church, as you pray. 
This is especially true as each woman 
participating prepares for her part 
on the program. 

A former professor of our Semi- 
nary in Ashland used to tell his stu- 
dents that one danger or pitfall of 
the church and its program is "same- 
ness, tameness, and lameness." We 
also learned through the Sunday 
School work meetings at General 
Conference that this truth applies to 
Sunday School work. Let us not for- 
get this important fact in the work of 
the W. M. S. When we are blue a 
walk revives us. Some women resort 
to a new hat. Others drink coffee 
with a neighbor. The same old routine 
eventually "gets us dov^m." Perhaps 
here is a most simple answer to the 
needs of a devotional meeting. Did 
you ever whistle a hymn? Did you 
ever read together, orally, the words 
of a hymn instead of singing it? 
Many who have tried this discovered 
a new meaning. Have you ever asked 
each member to bring a Bible or 
provide enough for each one? Divide 
the group so that one group would, 
for example, read the words Jesus 
spoke, another read the conversation 
of a disciple and the other group 
read the portion that just explains. 
This can he given by individuals, too, 
but there is a greater personal mean- 
ing when all can participate. 



A similar metliod can be used for 
the circle of prayer. Each person re- 
ceives a slip of paper on which is 
written one subject for which to pray. 
Directed prayer is another way to 
vary your program. Everything is in- 
cluded but in a different way. Wo- 
men love salads but they like to see 
them served differently. 

Most leaders choose to announce 
each part and person included in the 
program. Did you ever type or write 
out the devotional program and give 
a copy to each one participating? 
This way the program can proceed 
unannounced. 

Another way to vary your program 
is to use filmstrips pertaining to the 
subject. A much handier and well- 
received addition to the program is 
the use of flannelgraph. This is espe- 
cially efl'ective when presenting the 
Christmas and Easter stories. Did 
you ever use flannelgraph when re- 
ceiving a special offering, such as 
the offering for Lost Creek or for 
Africa ? These are very simple sug- 
gestions but they can make a meet- 
ing "come to life." 

Let us also consider the special 
offerings, such as the Thank Offer- 
ing, the district and the project of- 
ferings. Do you decide how much you 
are able to give and have the treas- 
urer take it out of the funds she has.? 
Is the "hat" passed and the group 
considers the goal met? Or,' do you 
make it a very special part of your 
program? Do give it special mean- 
ing with a special purpose in your 
own life, in your own group, know- 
ing it also affects you and many 
others. The use of scriptures, poems, 
special music, an African cut-out 
village as a centerpiece (available 
from the Brethren Publishing Com- 
pany), pictures of mission stations or 
pictures of missionaries and other 
Christians in those areas take on new 
meaning as we give our offerings. 
Don't make it "just another offering." 



FEBRUARY 11, 1961 



PAGE THIRTEEN 



Seoen "P's" for a W. M. S. 

Deootlonal Meeting 



Mrs. Henry Bates 



We are missionary women endeav- 
oring to reacli out beyond our own 
borders. We give of our money. More 
recently we have had more direct 
contact with our missionaries through 
personal letters. Yet, how much do 
we really include in our meetings 
that pertain to the actual mission 
work? A most effectual way is to 
have one person responsible for mis- 



sionary news. She would then seek 
out missionary information from the 
Evangelist, the Outlook, the mission- 
ary superintendent of the Sunday 
School and any other source, and pre- 
sent this to the women. 

Much can be said pertaining to a 
program. Certainly everything is not 
included in this article. All need to 
be dedicated servants of the Lord. 



He gave His life for our ransom. 
What have we given Him ? Accept the 
responsibility which is yours as a 
Christian. Don't decline, but do so 
willingly, for only as we do so can 
the words of Nehemiah 4:6 be ful- 
filled today. "So built we the wall; 
and all the wall was joined together 
unto the half thereof: for the people 
had a mind to work." 



STEWARDSHIP 

(Continued from page 7) 

part of the Old Testament Law 
was tithing; that it was com- 
manded by the Lord God; that 
it is a sacred trust; and that 
God owns what man possesses 
and we cannot give a tithe, we 
must PAY it. God says through 
the lips of Haggai, "The silver 
is mine, and the gold is mine, 
saith the Lord." 

But of course you are saying, 
"We do not live under the Law, 
but under grace. We are not liv- 
ing in Old Testament times. 
What does the New Testament 
have to say about it?" 

Well, just turn to the words 
of Jesus as recorded in Matthew 
23:23, "Woe unto you, scribes 
and Pharisees, hypocrites! for 
ye pay tithe of mint and anise 
and cummin, and have omitted 
the weightier matters of the 
law, judgment, mercy and faith, 
these ye ought to have done and 
not to leave the other undone." 
But you say, "Law again; what 
have we to do with law?" May- 



be more than you think. Listen 
to Jesus' words in Matthew 5: 
17, "Think not that I am come 
to destroy the law, or the proph- 
ets: I am not come to destroy 
but to fulfill." Just I'emember 
He never did do away with the 
law of the tithe. 

Jesus never used the word 
"give" when it applied to tith- 
ing. He says "Ye PAY tithes" 
and "Ye TITHE." It is still a 
financial law of God. The dic- 
tionary says that "a law is a 
rule of action prescribed by 
authority: as a law of God." 

Jesus set His seal upon this 
financial law of God; He never 
thought of relieving His follow- 
ers from it in any way. Tliere- 
fore it becomes an obligation up- 
on us who bear His name. How 
much shall we tithe? The word 
says, "ALL THINGS" and it 
means exactly what it says. 

Isn't it passing strange that 
we are so willing to take a 
"thus saith the Lord" for most 
things but seek to escape its 
fullness in the matter of stew- 
ardship ? 



STEWARDSHIP 

There are loyal hearts, there are 
spirits brave, 
There are souls that are pure 
and true; 
Then give to the Lord the best 
that you have 
And the best will come back 
to you. 

Give love, and love to your life 
will flow, 
A strength in your utmost 
need; 
Have faith and a score of hearts 
will show 
Their faith in your word and 
deed. 

P'or life is the mirror of king 
and slave, 
'Tis just what you are and 
do; 
Then give to the world the best 
that you have 
And the best will come back 
to you. 



PAGE FOURTEEN 



THE BRETHREN EVANGEUST 



W. M. S. 



New^s 



THE W.M.S. of the Mid-West Dis- 
trict met for a rally on Sunday 
afternoon, July 24, 1960 at Camp Wy- 
andotte. The President, Jennie Lietsch, 
called the meeting to order. Lucille 
Davis led us in singing "All the Way 
My Saviour Leads." John 3:16 was 
used as the Call to Worship. Devo- 
tions were given by Edith Gulp which 
was the Ninety-Fifth Psalm, after 
which she led in prayer. 

Mrs. Wadena Wertz gave a very 
inspirational message on "Sharing 
the Light". The minutes of last 
year's rally were read and approved 
as read. Roll call was given and some- 
one from each society gave the high- 
lights of their attainments this year. 
Some interesting ways were given on 
how the societies raised money to 
meet the goals. The Camp Project 
Committee for the new year will be, 
Dorothy Peck, Chairman; Mary Shan- 
non; Lucille Davis; and Emma Lape. 
Ft. Scott W. M. S. was asked to have 
the memorial service at Conference 
this fall. 

The Rally was closed with the W. 
M. S. benediction. 

Mrs. Lee Howard, Sec'y- 



The women of Brethren Churches 
in Indiana have maintained a pride 
in the fact that the S.S.C.E. of the 
Brethren Church was organized at 
Warsaw, Indiana, in 1892. In 1916 
there were 1,022 members reported in 
Indiana. A reorganization of churches 
in our denomination changed our 
membership numbers. In 1960 Indiana 
had 40 societies and 1,152 members. 
A new church at Kokomo and one at 
Mishawaka brought about two new 
societies and a third society was 
formed at Goshen. 

The women of Indiana raised $18,- 
500.67 in their local churches this 
year. An average attendance of 659 
women was held in all churches. 
There were 220 delegates at District 
Conference in June at Shipshewana, 
with a three-day progi-am of high 
standard. The women of every church 
were represented at National Confer- 
ence, which was a fine record and 
will bring good results in the local 
churches. 

In 1933 the first Rally Day ser- 
vices were held in Indiana. In 1960 
there was a total attendance at the 



four host churches of 621 and an of- 
fering of $792.83. This offering is to 
be used for financial aid to pre-semi- 
nary students. 

Indiana has always maintained a 
high standard of goals. In 1960 and 
61 we have asked for a 50% average 
attendance at prayer service. In 1960 
Muncie and Ardmore met this goal. 
North Liberty had SSVsVo of their 
women attending. We shall, in the 
coming years, raise funds to enlarge 
and remodel the girls' dorm at Ship- 
shewana so that we may have better 
facilities for conference and camp. 
We shall continue our support of 
mission work in Africa, South Amer- 
ica, Kentucky, and Indiana. 



The 

Woman's 

Corner 



by 

Helen 

Jordan 



WHAT WOULD your Bible say 
if it could speak — or if your 
Bible was keeping a Diary, how would 
it read? This thought came to me so 
forcefully one day, and I immediately 
wanted to share it with the readers of 
"The Woman's Corner". Think over 
your use of your Bible this past week 
— would the Diary of your Bible be 
similar to the following? 

SUNDAY — I was carried to Sunday 
School and Church this morning and 
my owner understood the scripture 
reading better because she had me 
along. I was forgotten the rest of the 
day as my owner watched TV in- 
stead of attending the evening wor- 
ship service. 

MONDAY — My owner took time to 
sit, meditate and study some verses. 
It seemed the inspiration of the Wor- 
ship Service on Sunday created a de- 
sire for further study. 

TUESDAY— Today I was nearly 
forgotten. Late afternoon I was picked 
up and read for a few minutes. My 
owner did not meditate. In fact, I 
do not think she understood what 
she read. 

WEDNESDAY— My owner went 
shopping in the morning and to a 
Club meeting in the afternoon. In the 
rush of the day the daily newspaper 
hid me. In the evening I heard her 
say she was so tired. She read the 
paper, but she got too sleepy to read 
me. She also forgot all about our go- 
ing to Bible Study. 



THURSDAY— Another busy day. 
My owner led the devotions at the 
W. M. S. meeting and she had to look 
up some references. She found me 
buried under some magazines and 
then she hunted and hunted to find 
the references. She's not very well 
acquainted with me, you see. 

FRIDAY— Clean-up day. I was 
picked up while she dusted the table 
and I heard her say, "Oh dear, I am 
getting behind in my Bible reading." 

SATURDAY— In the afternoon my 
owner did read her Sunday School 
lesson and I thought she might need 
me, but no. 

SUNDAY— This morning I was 
present at the breakfast table and my 
owner read a few verses in the pres- 
ence of all the family. I just love 
Sunday mornings when they REMEM- 
BER me. The family was so rushed 
that I was forgotten and did not get 
to go to Sunday School and Church. 

Does the owner of this Bible sound 
like you? I trust not. It is this in- 
consistency in which we as Christians 
study His Word, attend the services 
of The Church, and live our daily 
lives that mars our Christian witness 
in face of the non-Christian people. 
Shall we do something about this ? 

Let us "Venture with Christ" giv- 
ing Him and His Word their right- 
ful place in our time, our talents and 
our material possessions. 

Mrs. Russell Rodkey, 
Kokomo, Indiana. 



S. M. M. 



News 



The Junior Sisterhood of the Bur- 
lington Brethren Church presented a 
Christmas Program for the residents 
of The Brethren's Home on Sunday 
afternoon, December the 18th. All of 
the girls are musically talented and 
their program included instrumental 
music of Christmas carols, choir num- 
bers, readings, and vocal and piano 
solos. At the close of the program 
the girls presented each member with 
a package of home-made cookies. 

Mrs. James Payne and Mrs. Rus- 
sell Rodkey sponsored the group in 
this latest of their annual trips to 
the Home at Christmas time. Along 
with their W. M. S. and other church 
groups, the Sisterhoods of Indiana 
help plan programs for the Brethren 
at Flora. 



FEBRUARY 11, 1961 



PAGE FIFTEEN 




DR. GEORGE C. CARPENTER 

CARPENTER. Elder George C. Carpenter, 83, a resi- 
dent of Miami, Florida, and formerly of Ashland, Ohio, 
passed away unexpectedly on January 16th. The son 
of Channcy and Mary Greiner Carpenter; was born in 
Indiana, 1877. He was married in 1905 to Iscia Worst 
who survives, along with a brother, A. Glenn Carpenter, 
of Ashland. Elder Carpenter served Brethren pastorates 
in Warsaw and Peru, Indiana, Hagerstown, Maryland, 
and Smithville, Ohio. He was a member of the First 
Brethren Church in Ashland, and formerly a member of 
the Mission Board and a trustee at Ashland College. 
Funeral services by the pastor, assisted by Elder L. V. 
King of Louisville, Ohio. Burial in Ashland Cemetery. 

Phil Lersch, Pastor. 



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VENTURING AT VINCO, PA. 

This has been a year of real Venturing With Christ at 
the Vinco Brethren Church! As we look back over the 
past twelve months or so we see many victories won and 
many forward-looking programs initiated in our cam- 
paign to witness for the Lord Jesus. May we share a 
few of these highlights with the Brethren elsewhere? 

VENTURING IN EVANGELISM 

This is one of the greatest ventures undertaken in the 
church, and is a venture which goes on all of the time — 
not just during a special two-weeks revival meeting. Many, 
many new homes and families are being contacted for 
the Lord and for the church through this work. The 
Laymen's Organization has a designated night each month 
for visitation; the Board of Deacons is constantly en- 
gaged in the work of visitation evangelism; many of the 
individual members of the church make use of every op- 
portunity to present Christ and the church to those with 
whom they come in contact. Such venturing in evan- 
gelism has resulted in an increased recognition on the 
part of the members of their responsibility in this matter 
of witnessing for the Lord, and also has resulted in see- 
ing many folks — both in morning and evening services 



— come forward to accept the Lord as their Saviour. 
During the past year our church has been blessed and 
has profited by the addition of 36 folks to our fellowship. 

VENTURING IN MISSIONS 

For some time the Vinco church has been demonstrat- 
ing a real and a practical interest in missions. During 
the past few years the church has been contributing 
$2,500.00 a year for the support of the Bischofs in Ni- 
geria. About two years ago the Sunday School voted to 
assume the responsibility of supporting the Solomons in 
Argentina to the extent of $2,500.00 a year. During the 
past year, in addition to meeting these two goals, a 
number of our classes and other organizations have been 
helping in a variety of ways with the work at Lost Creek, 
Kentucky. A month or so ago the Sunday School voted 
to consolidate all of these efforts for the Lost Creek 
work and to take on an additional missionary project 
for that home mission station. No definite goal was set, 
but we are hoping (and expecting) that within a year 
or so this project will also be in the region of $2,500.00 
a year. We might also mention in this connection the 
organizing of a new (our third) W. M. S. group this 
year. 

VENTURING IN SUNDAY SCHOOL 

This has also been a wonderful year in our Sunday 
School work! For several months now the pastor and 
superintendent have been suggesting that an average 
attendance of 300 per week is not an impossibility for 
this somewhat rural church. Recent developments have 
proven the plausibility of this goal. The month of No- 
vember showed an average of 299 and at this writing, 
the month of December shows an average of 307! The 
average attendance for the entire year shows an in- 
crease of 14% over the average for last year. 

But our Sunday School has been venturing in other 
areas too. About a year ago the children's division of 
the Sunday School was completely reorganized and was 
placed on a closely graded basis (similar to the public 
school grading). This has resulted in the addition of 
three new classes to the children's division, and has made 
it possible for the teachers to more effectively present 
God's Word to their pupils. Another very recent intro- 
duction into our Sunday School program was the Post- 
Grad Class. Organized about three or four months ago 
this class now shows an average attendance of about 
thirteen or fourteen. Here again the presentation of 
God's Word is made more effective because of the limited 
age span of the members of the class as well as the 
similarity of interests of the members. 

Our Vacation Bible School this year was also a won- 
derful Venture with Christ. Sponsoring our own school 
we had an average attendance of 124, and saw several 
young folks step out to accept Christ as their Saviour 
during this two weeks school. 

VENTURING IN YOUTH WORK 

This year has seen a resurgence of interest in the youth 
work of the church. Our Senior B. Y. C. has experienced 
a steady growth in attendance during the past few 
months, climbing from an average attendance of seven 
or eight to an average attendance of almost fourteen. 
Our Intermediate B. Y. C. is a new venture this year 
and is proving very successful. This group of young 
people numbers approximately twenty at the weekly 
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PAGE SIXTEEN 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



Sunday School Suggestions 

The Sunday School Board of 
The Brethren Church 

by Dick Winfteld 



they have right now, so there doesn't seem to really be 
any room for us. And yet we represent the greatest 
soul winning potential in any community. If the churches 
would provide for us we would bring our children with 



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HERE'S HOW AND WHEN 

CRADLE ROLL 

"I am one of over 4,000,000 babies born last year. I 
haven't been to Sunday school yet. Although Daddy is 
a church member he doesn't go... or my mother. And 
I hear I'm to get a little baby brother or sister — one 
of the four million babies to be born this year. Will you 
do something about enlisting workers who will visit and 
enroll hundreds like me in your community ? Please come 
and find me. I need a Christian home." 

BEGINNER 

"I wish I could go to Sunday school too. My friends 
next door go every Sunday but when I asked my mother 
and daddy to take me mother said, 'Sunday is the only 
day we have to sleep.' Why doesn't someone come to see 
my mother and daddy ? Don't they know that there are 
many little boys and gii'ls like me who would love to 
come to their Sunday school ? One day while I was play- 
ing with my friends next door their Sunday school teacher 
came to see them. She had such a nice smile and she 
brought them some pretty papers. Why doesn't someone 
come to see us?" 

JUNIOR 

"I am ten and I like doing something every minute. I 
collect stamps and rocks. I make rockets and I love games 
like baseball. When I come to Sunday school I need a 
teacher who lets me learn through doing. I like to study 
the Bible too, if the teacher makes me feel that God's 
Word has things to say to me right now. I like the 
class to be small so we can have a chance to ask ques- 
tions and talk about things that are important to us." 

JUNIOR HIGH 

"I'll admit I face experiences and problems I never 
faced before. I have trouble understanding my family 
and in knowing what is right and wrong. Sometimes I 
think I don't understand myself. I've always gone to 
Sunday school but now it seems like our church doesn't 
have anything to help kids like me. Last Sunday some- 
one came out on the street and really gave it to some 
of us who were standing talking. They said we should 
be in the opening exercises. Why? There isn't a thing 
that ever happens that interests us. For one thing, it 
isn't ever planned and if it were I don't think it would 
be for us. A bunch of old folks sit in the back rows. 
They try to make us sit up front... and the singing, is 
it ever terrible! Tell me, why doesn't our church plan a 
department for teenagers? Are we really wanted? 

ADULT 

"I am one of 36,000,000 adults not enrolled in any 
Sunday school. Our observation has been that most 
churches don't have any classroom space for the adults 




William H. Anderson 



Topics copyrighted by the International Council of Religious Education. 
Used by permission. 

Lesson for February 19, 1961 

CHRIST GIVES LIFE ETERNAL 

Lesson: John 11:17-27; 38-44 

ONE OF THE great truths of the Christian Faith 
is belief in immortality or eternal life. Whatever 
may have been the spiritual convictions of Victor Hugo 
he was right when he wrote: 

"When I go down to the grave I can say, like many 
others, 'I have finished my day's work,' but I cannot 
say, 'I have finished my life.' My day's work will be- 
gin again the next morning. The tomb is not a blind 
alley; it is a thoroughfare. It closes on the twilight 
— it opens on the dawn." 

We are glad for the Apostle John's account of the 
raising of Lazarus from the dead. For in this story 
we have a vivid word-picture of Jesus Christ as "The 
Lord of Life and Death." 

LAZARUS' SICKNESS 

"His sisters sent unto Him saying. Lord, behold, he 
whom Thou lovest is sick" (vs. 3). 

Following the healing of the blind man (John 9), our 
Lord "went away again beyond Jordan into the place 
where John at first baptized; and there He abode" (9:40). 
It was while He was there that Mary and Martha sent 
word of Lazarus' sickness. 

Jesus spent much of His spare time in the home of 
Mary, Martha, and Lazarus in Bethany. He "loved" this 
family (v. 5), Now an emergency has arisen in the home, 
and word is sent to Christ as a close friend. 

What a compliment it was to this family to know 
that Christ was always welcome in their home! They 
loved Christ; and they were confident of His love for 
them. HAS CHRIST BECOME AN INTEGRAL PART 
OF OUR HOME AND LIVES? 

CHRIST'S DELAY 

"When He had heard therefore that he (Lazarus) was 
sick, He abode two days still in the same place where 
He was" (vs. 6). 

How strangely different the Master works! "His ways 
are not our ways." Knowing that Lazarus was sick, Je- 
sus deliberately tarried two days before going to Beth- 



FEBRUARY 11, 1961 



PAGE SEVENTEEN 



any! Dr. G. Campbell Morgan suggests that Lazarus 
was already dead when word reached Christ: 

"The distance between Bethany and the place where 
Jesus was took a day to travel. Jesus stayed there 
two days. Then He took the day's journey back. That 
makes four days. Presently Martha said, 'he hath been 
dead four days' already. It is evident then that when 
the messenger arrived with the message, Lazarus was 
already dead." 

But why the delay? Let's notice the reason as we 
view. . . 

LAZARUS' DEATH 

"He (Jesus) saith unto them (the disciples), Our friend 
Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out 
of sleep. Then said His disciples, Lord, if he sleep, 
he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but 
they thought that He had spoken of taking of rest in 
sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is 
dead" (vs. 11-14). 

The words of our Lord are vitally important to this 
event. They leave no doubt whatsoever that Lazarus 
was actually dead. Skeptics, therefore, cannot ignore the 
miracle by saying that Lazarus was sleeping or in a 
coma. Jesus said, "Lazarus is. DEAD"! 

Here now is the reason Christ gave the disciples for 
delaying His visit to Bethany: "And I am glad for your 
sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe" 
(vs. 15). 



"They were already disciples, but this sign would 
be to them the vehicle of a higher spiritual truth, 
and the growth of their spiritual life would be such 
that it may be regarded as a new act of faith" (H. 
W. Watkins). 

CHRIST'S SYMPATHY 

"When Jesus saw Mary weep and noticed the tears of 
the Jews who came with her. He was deeply moved 
and visibly distressed. 'Where have you put him?' He 
asked. 'Lord, come and see,' they replied, and at this 
Jesus Himself wept. 'Look how much He loved him!' re- 
marked the Jews..." (vs. 33-36— Phillips). 

O the great heart of Christ! What a comfort in, time 
of sorrow, and suffering, and pain to know that Jesus 
sympathizes with us! No wonder the song writer said: 
"The great Physician now is near. 

The sympathizing Jesus; 
He speaks the drooping heart to cheer, 
O hear the voice of Jesus." 

LAZARUS' RESURRECTION 

"He (Jesus) cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come 
forth. And he that was dead came forth. . ." (vs. 43-44). 
"It would appear that Lazarus' resurrection was to 
become the token and pledge of the resurrection of 
all Christian believers. Death to . the Christian is not 
death in the real sense of the term. As physical death 
failed to break the loving union between Lazarus' soul 
and his redeemer, so it can never break that union 
between any other believer and Christ" (H. L. Higley). 






PINES MINISTER FOR 
REFUSING TO PERFORM 
MARRIAGE 

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (EP)— A 
court at Eskilstuna, central Sweden, 
fined a local Lutheran pastor $15 for 
refusing to marry a couple because 
one of them was a divorced person. 

The prosecutor charged the Rev. 
Aid Hardelin with "dereliction of 
duty," because the law says that 
a minister of the State Lutheran 
Church must not refuse to marry 
couples if one of them is a parishion- 
er. 

"In such cases," he said, "the min- 
ister is considered to be a civil ser- 
vant bound by the civil law." 

During the trial. Pastor Hardelin 
pleaded that in refusing to marry the 
couple he was "obeying the dictates 
of my conscience." 



CANTERBURY ARCHBISHOP 
WANTS TO HELP LINK 
CHURCHES 

LONDON (EP)— Reflecting on his 
visit with Pope John XXIII last De- 
cember 2, Dr. Geoffrey Fisher, Arch- 
bishop of Canterbury has written in 
the Canterbury Diocesan Notes that 
his ambition is to "help link the 
churches one to another." 

Dr. Fisher said he found in the 
Vatican "precisely the same spirit of 
deep Christian unity of spirit, of 
eager discipleship of Christ, of re- 
liance upon the Holy Spirit, to en- 
courage and uplift me." 

When asked how he planned to fol- 
low up the historic meeting. Dr. Fish- 
er said, "It is like a bit of leaven in 
the lump: of no use until it works 
its way and makes the lump rise. 
That is where we must look. Here in 



England I hope that in time at many 
levels there may be discussions be- 
tween churchmen to see how the 
leaven can be helped to work. 

"Roman Catholics have often told 
me how utterly ignorant their peo- 
ple and their priests are of what, for 
instance, the Church of England be- 
lieves and does," he said. "Here is 
ground for mutual exploration, with 
discussions on such things as the re- 
turn to Biblical theology, the liturgi- 
cal movement, new views on the re- 
lation of church to civic freedoms and 
to natural rights. I pray that for 
many years ahead the leaven will 
work and the goal of Christian unity 
rise to its full proportions." 

FIND ANCIENT MONASTERY 
WALL AT JERUSALEM 

JERUSALEM (EP)— A wall built 
supposedly during the reign of Em- 
peror Constantino was discovered dur- 
ing repairs at the Latin Catholic 
Monastery near the Church of the 
Holy Sepulchre here. French archaeo- 
logical authorities checked the find, 
uncovered by Archbishop Alberto 
Gori, Latin Rite Patriarch of Jerusa- 
lem. Governor Hassan Kateb of Jor- 
dan made a preliminary inspection of 
the findings. 



PAGE EIGHTEEN 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 




HEALING 

Came sudden pain to struggle with 

And fight against, and I 

Begged God for its removal, but 

Received no swift reply; 

And so I studied it, and asked 

For light on its design, 

And finally accepted it, 

And humbly made it mine. 

And then I prayed, "O Lord, I give 

This pain to you, fulfill 

Your covenant on Calvary 

According to your will." 

And after that I found it true 

That "grace sufficient" is God's will too! 

— Mildred Allen Jeffery 

THERE IS NO PERFECT HEALING based on Christ's 
atonement except for resurrected bodies (Rom. 8:18- 
23). There have been many temporary healings based, as 
all other earthly blessings were purchased, on the atone- 
ment (Isa. 53:4 "fulfilled" in Matt. 8:16, 17). Sinless per- 
fection is in the atonement but we shall not realize it 
here (1 Jn. 1:8). Here we need daily forgiveness (Matt. 
6:11, 12), but in the glorified state sin will be com- 
pletely eradicated (Phil. 3:20, 21). 

To be ill does not necessarily mean that one is out ef 
the will of God. Elisha was not out of the will of God 
when he became ill and prophesied on his dying bed 
(2 Kgs. 13:14). St. Paul did not get Trophimus healed 
whom he left sick at Miletum (2 Tim. 4:20). Epaphroditus 
became deathly sick because he overtaxed himself in the 
Lord's service (Phil. 2:27, 30). Paul besought the Lord 
three times for the removal of a thorn in his flesh (2 
Cor. 12:7, 8). But the Lord taught Paul that he could 
be a better Christian with the thorn, as it served to 
counterbalance any spiritual pride he might be tempted 
to have because of his visions and revelations (vs. 1-5). 
Instead of being "exalted above measure" he rather glo- 
ried in his infirmities because he was sustained in them 
by God's sufficient grace (vs. 9, 10). Timothy had a 
chronic stomach ailment (1 Tim. 5:23). The sickness of 
Lazarus was "for the glory of God" (Jn. 11:4). Until 
the rapture, the saints will have to experience physical 
death (Heb. 9:27a). 

When God's people become ill they are to pray for 
healing (Jas. 5:13a). If the illness lingers they are to 
call for the anointing service (v. 14). They must be 
soul cleansed if they would have faith for bodily healing 
(v. 16). David was a sick man for a year until he con- 
fessed his sins and was forgiven (Psa. 32:1-5). The basic 
cause of many a church member's sickness and mental dis- 
turbances is that he is backslidden and he needs a good 



sin purging in his soul and his mind (Psa. 51: 2, 3, 7). 
He needs to wash with the purifying and healing word 
of God (Psa. 119:9; Eph. 5:26). He needs the Great 
Physician (Lu. 10:33, 34). 

"I heard about His healing. 
Of His cleansing power revealing, 
How He made the lame to walk again 
And caused the blind to see; 
And then I cried, 'Dear Jesus, 
Come and heal my broken spirit,' 
And somehow Jesus came 
And bro't to me the victory." 
Too many, like Asa, ignore the Lord and His word" 
on divine healing and do not care to call for the elders 
of the church to anoint them (2 Chron. 16:12, 13; James 
5:14). They do not believe in seeking help from God 
first (Matt. 6:33), and then follow as He may direct 
(2 Kgs. 20:5-7). If we put our trust in God first we are 
more likely to seek the counsel of Christian doctors 
such as Luke (Col. 4:14), men of faith as well as practice. 
When Jesus healed He forgave sins first (Matt. 9:2). 

Resignation is a prerequisite to divine healing (Matt. 
26:39). Determination does not qualify for faith (Num. 
14:44, 45). 



Spiritual HDebitations 

Rev. r>voIl Belot« 



HAVE YOU USED YOUR PERFUME TODAY? 
"Whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and 
do; but do not after their works: for they say and do 
not" Matthew 23:3. 

A WRITER tells of having, as a ten-year-old child, 
received a bottle of perfume as a present. Infatuated 
with the possession of so delightful a gift she could not 
bear to use it, for if she did it would last but a brief 
while. 

Some time later a very special occasion arose, and 
she decided to enjoy some of the fragrance and delight 
of her gift. No one had told her that the perfume Would 
eventually evaporate. Highly volatile, the perfume had 
disappeared. And the pleasure she had anticipated in 
making herself a pleasant companion was lost. 

How like the gift which a loving friend had bestowed 
on the child are the talents and blessings God has be- 
stowed on US', and are waiting, as that small bottle of 
perfume, for us to use them to bring satisfaction to Qs, 
and loveliness, happiness and inspiration and help to 
others. God looks to us to use these blessings and talents 
with which He has endowed us to bless others. 

We cannot — we dare not — wait to make use of the 
God-given bestowals, for even the talents so given will 
dissipate and disappear if neglected or selfishly approp- 
riated. Sometimes folks neglect to use the powers and 
abilities God has bestowed on them because they value 
too lightly their own abilities. We are not judged on the 
number or yet the power of our talents — but on whether 
we are using them. And also, we shall experience joy 
for ourselves as we bring joy to others in the use of 
our powers. Someone has said, "you cannot scatter per- 
fume upon others without spilling some on yourself." 



FEBRUARY 11, 1961 



PAGE NINETEEN 



NEWS FROM OUR CHURCHES 

(Continued from Page 15) 

meetings, and has been a real addition to our youth 
' program. Both of the youth groups are venturing in 
Bible study, each group setting aside a definite portion 
of every meeting for systematic Bible study using the 
"Through the Bible" series as a guide. More and more 
we can see the effects of our youth program in the lives 
of our young people and in their increasing interest 
in, and faithfulness to, the church. Every Sunday evening 
it is a real inspiration to the pastor to look out over 
the congregation and to be able to see a large number 
of youth in the grroup. 

Our other youth organizations — two Brotherhoods, two 
Sisterhoods and a Junior Choir — continue to provide 
many opportunities for service and inspiration for our 
youth. 

VENTURING IN 1961 

But now we are "forgetting those things which are be- 
hind" and are looking ahead to further Ventures With 



Christ in this new year. Thanks to the efforts of our 
Church Program Planning Committee (another new 
venture) our plans and efforts for 1961 will be even more 
intensive and more coordinated. We are looking forward 
to more organizations joining in the systematic visita- 
tion program; we are including in our 1961 program 
monthly Sunday School Night services — with a banner 
to be awarded each month to the "honor" class; elimina- 
tion of some overlapping in the programs and plans 
of the various organizations within the church; several 
new ventures in all-church activities will be tried; long- 
range planning for all public services and other special 
features has been undertaken, and the possibility of at 
least looking into the further expansion of our church 
building will be considered in 1961. 

We praise the Lord for victories won, and we look to 
Him for leadership and for strength as we launch out 
with Him in these new ventures. The prayers of the 
Brethren everywhere are requested by the Brethren at 
Vinco — "The Stone Church Built Upon the Rock." 

Henry Bates, pastor. 



NEWS 

from the 

BRETHREN 

HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND. 
The bi-weekly news letter of the First 
Brethren Church dated January 23rd, 
notes the arrival of a 9 lb., 4% oz. 
baby boy in the family of Brother 
and Sister George W. Solomon. We 
are sorry we do not have the date 
of the arrival of this boy who has 
been named Mark Douglas, but we 
note that everyone is doing just fine. 
Congratulations to this happy family. 

WASHINGTON, D. C. The W. M. 
S. public service was scheduled for 
the evening of January 29th. 

MASONTOWN, PENNA. On Jan- 
uary 19th, Rebecca Sue, weighing 6 
lbs., 9% oz., came to live with the 
family of Brother and Sister David 
L. Rambsel. We note that "everyone 
is just fine, including daddy." Con- 
gratulations are in order for this par- 
sonage family. 

VINCO, PENNA. The "All-Church 
Fellowship Supper" was held on Jan- 
uary 25th. 

PLEASANT HILL, OHIO. An Ash- 
land College gospel team is scheduled 
for services in the Pleasant Hill 
church on February 19th. 

NEW LEBANON, OHIO. From the 
New Lebanon bulletin we note that 
there were sixty-six men present for 
the Miami Valley Brethren Laymen's 
banquet on January 16th. New Leb- 



anon laymen hosted the event, with 
the W. M. S. serving the meal. 

ASHLAND, OHIO (GARBER). 
Miss Betty Kennedy, Ashland College 
student from Argentina, was the 
speaker in the Garber church on Jan- 
uary 22nd. 

BRYAN, OHIO. The Father and 
Son banquet was a scheduled event 
of February 7th. 

FLORA, INDIANA. Sister Tinkel, 
wife of Brother Arthur H. Tinkel, 
submitted to major surgery early in 
January, and at latest report is re- 
covering nicely. Let us remember 
them in prayer. 

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA (ARD- 
MORE). Some attendance averages 
submitted from the recent quarterly 
business meeting show: S. S. 190, 
Worship 153 morning and 88 evening. 
Prayer Meeting 45 and Youth 22. 

ELKHART, INDIANA. Baptism 
and reception of six new members 
recently, is reported. 

GOSHEN, INDIANA. The public 
service of the Boys' Brotherhood is 
scheduled for March 5th. 

TEEGARDEN, INDIANA. Brother 
Hays K. Logan notes that one woman 
was baptized and received into the 
fellowship of the church on January 
29th. 

FORT SCOTT, KANSAS. Brother 
Kenneth R. Howard notes that Fort 
Scott Brethren were to conduct ser- 
vices at local rest homes the after- 
noon of January 29th. 



COMING EVENTS 

SARASOTA, FLORIDA. Evangel- 
istic Meetings, Feb. 19-26. Dan Anker- 
berg, Evangelist; Rev. J. D. Hamel, 
Pastor. 

HUNTINGTON, INDIANA. Reviv- 
al Meetings, Mar. 6-19. Rev. Herbert 
Gilmer, Evangelist; Dr. Claud Stude- 
baker, Pastor. 

BRYAN, OHIO. Revival Meetings, 
Mar. 5-17. Rev. Clarence A. Stogsdill, 
Evangelist; Rev. Smith F. Rose, Pas- 
tor. 

DAYTON, OHIO. Bible Lectures, 
Mar. 6-15. Rev. Harold E. Barnett, 
Speaker; Rev. Percy C. Miller, Pastor. 

ROANN, INDIANA. Revival meet- 
ings, Feb. 20-Mar. 3. Rev. W. E. 
Thomas, Evangelist; Rev. Herbert 
Gilmer, Pastor. 



SOUTHERN INDIANA 
LAYMEN'S MEETING 

Roann, Indiana 

February 20th 

Supper: 6:00; Program: 7:45 

DST 

J. C. Draper. 



The beginning of true faith is the 
end of anxiety. — G. Mueller. 

Nothing is more kingly than kind- 
ness. 



PAGE TWENTY 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



J^e Brethren Lawman 



THE LAYMAN — 



1 



His Vdue in the Church 



Reverend Freeman Ankrum 



TT MIGHT APPEAR to some that the work, progress 
and advance made in the local church always de- 
pended upon the Clergy. To the writer after many years 
of observation, it seems as though the entire situation 
might be described as a tree. The average passerby sees 
the branches and the leaves, and makes his comments 
regarding its beauty or utility without once giving thought 
to the fact that underground is the root system which 
makes the superstructure possible. There may have been 
a Clergyman whose name made and continues to make 
the headlines who never was first a layman, but the 
writer knows of none. 

It was the silent Calvin Coolidge who is reported to 
have been asked a question that was not easily answered 
as to the responsibility and worth, who replied with 
another question, "Which leg of a three-legged milking 
stool is the most important?" Naturally the inference 
was that each had its place and work to do. So, using at 
least a part of the figure, we would state generally that 
without both the layman and the minister, the work 
could not exist. The Apostles were called from their 
various fields of work and given training at the feet 
of their Master-Teacher. 

There could be mentioned numerous Brethren in the 
history of our church who never wore the robes of the 
ministry, but whose work and sacrifice made possible 
the establishing of numerous churches with their sup- 
port. Feeling that the mention of one or two will suf- 
fice to prove the point, we want to mention one who 
played such an important part in the early history of 
the Brethren. His name is not as familiar as some others, 
but nevertheless he was as the deep "root system", 
which made the tree possible. He was Michael Wine, 
who built for his family, and not for his family alone, 
a large frame house in the Shenandoah Valley of Vir- 
ginia, just a short distance south of the present village 
of Forestville, Shenandoah County. This house was built 
in 1782. It was the meeting place of many of the faithful 
until finally there was established the Plat Rock Congre- 
gation of the Brethren. 

Brethren came long distances for the treat of the 
meetings in this house made possible by this layman, 
Michael Wine. The house stands today as a silent wit- 
ness of the contribution made in other days so far away. 



Prom the "rootage" of this layman among his de- 
scendants to this day are listed more than 130 Ministers 
of the Gospel plus many other devoted church workers 
among the laity. More than 110 of the above-mentioned 
have belonged to the Brethren. Perhaps there is no one 
with sufficient imagination to state the loss to the 
church at large if Michael Wine had depreciated his po- 
sition in the church because the hands of ordination 
had never been laid upon his head for the ministry. 

The world is richer today, and has been enriched from 
Colonial times because of the work of Christopher Saur 
along lay lines. The writer has long appreciated every 
contribution made to the work by Godly individuals, 
many unsung. The humble janitor has his contribution 
to make in the matter of seeing that there is a com- 
fortable place for worship. His work cannot be relegated 
to the realm of no value. A minister in the pulpit can 
hardly generate sufficient heat in his message to warm 
up a shivering congregation, if the janitor is not on 
the job first to render his aid. 

The Layman who himself is unable to appear before 
the public with moving oratory, may have, because of his 
acumen in business, made possible the schooling and train- 
ing for the public ministry for the one who speaks with 
such glowing terms. 

The work of our Laymen's Organization, headed by de- 
voted men who have been successful in their various 
businesses should be for us a guarantee that there will 
be men of the Cloth to carry on the work of which they 
are the "root system." Of course the fact must not be 
overlooked that they must also have a "rootage", and 
that is in the Lord Jesus Christ. 



TO DISTRICT PRESIDENTS AND SECRETARIES 

OF 

LAYMEN ORGANIZATIONS 

Do you have meetings, rallies, banquets, etc., 

coming up ? 

Send all available information to your laymen editor 

at once — soon — early 

(type all material double space — if possible) 



FEBRUARY 11, 1961 



PAGE TWENTY-ONE 



GREAT MEN OF THE BIBLE 

DANIEL— A Man Who Chose God 

Delbeit Mellinger 



"And they that are wise shall shine as the brightness 
of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteous- 
ness as the stars for ever and ever" Dan. 12:3. 

WOULD WE LIKE our lives molded in the likeness 
of Daniel? If so, to what extent? Was his life 
a good example after which to pattern ours? 

Daniel was a man who chose God above all else in 
the world. So far as we know about his life, we are im- 
pressed by it, for his long life was of unwavering, un- 
interrupted obedience to God and loyalty to the truth. 
As we read about other men of the Bible, we learn of 
black moments in their lives and wrong conduct. The 
life of Daniel speaks loudly and totally for righteous- 
ness and truth. 

Just as young men are selected today for their su- 
perior knowledge, character, and wisdom by universities 
and higher institutions of learning, so Babylon sought 
young men from foreign lands to train for future service 
in their kingdom. It was in Jerusalem that Nebuchad- 
nezzar's ministers selected Daniel and three other men. 
These men were of superior intelligence, strong char- 
acter, strong bodies, and had qualities to make them 
worthy of serving the Babylonian kingdom. 

The situation that precipitated the difficulty and crisis 
in the life of David was his residence in the king's 
palace and dining at the king's table where he was to 
eat and drink of the food and wine offered to the royal 
family. All tliese nourishments had been offered unto 
heathen idols before being served, and in addition, there 
were some foodstuffs restricted from a Hebrew's diet. 
By eating these, Daniel would defile himself and renounce 
his faith and his God. 

Daniel and his three companions were far from home 
and unobserved by any of their own faith. They were 
in a strange new land laying a groundwoi'k for their 



future. Could they afford the ridicule and scorn of the 
other young men brought from other countries to Baby- 
lon, the wrath of the king, to create a barrier to their 
future advancements, and the possibility of punishable 
death ? These considerations never made him waver from 
his strong convictions. Daniel chose God. He also gave 
encouragement to his three companions to also deny this 
temptation, and influenced them to make a decision in 
the future to refuse to bow down and worship the king's 
image. 

We are thrilled with this story of Daniel who had 
determined to be true to his God. Therefore, when this 
particular temptation arose he didn't have to parley with 
it, and it wasn't difficult to say "NO". He had already 
committed himself to right principles and to loyalty to 
God. He would not defile himself. He was convinced 
that there was something godlike within him, and it 
was worth any risk to keep this sacredness from being 
defiled. 

There are many moral breakdowns in people today. 
They succumb to Satan, because they've never previously 
set their hearts and minds to do good. It is written con- 
cerning a certain king of Israel, that "he did evil be- 
cause he had not prepared his heart to seek the Lord". 
Many people go through life only making WISHES for 
doing good and living right; however, each individual 
must set his WILL to do right and have enough back- 
bone to persist. 

Daniel knew he was made in the image of God and 
Could not defile himself because of the sacred soul with- 
in him. Our knowledge is even greater than Daniel's. Not 
only do we know we have been created in the likeness 
of God, but in addition, we are aware of Christ's blood 
shed for our redemption. If we mean that much to God, 
don't we owe it to ourselves to be Daniels? 

"If God be with us, who can be against us?" Rona. 8:31. 



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It sounds a call to the Church to put first things 
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obedience to her risen Lord. And it sounds a call 



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A home without such literature is a home in 
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Brethren Youth 



THEY VENTURED 



YES, BECAUSE "they ventured" 
we can venture. Brethren Youth, 
along with the entire church, is Ven- 
turing With Christ in 1961. 

I suppose a great many people feel 
that today's youth have little respect 
for their ancestors and elders. And 
were they to consider only the teen- 
agei's who make the headlines because 
of some crime, this might be true. 

However, our young people today, 
especially in the church, realize what 
a rich inheritance is theirs. They are 
grateful to our nation's great leaders 
— Washington, Lincoln, Franklin — 
for founding a free America. They 
appreciate the men who built it — Dan- 
iel Boone, Alexander Graham Bell, 
Fulton, Marconi — into the great coun- 
try it is. They remember with solem- 
nity those countless lives given for 
the preserving of America's freedom 
— at the Alamo, at Normandy, on Ba- 
taan. But they are and shall be etern- 
ally indebted to the great men of 
God who have preceded them . . . Mar- 



tin Luther, Alexander Mack, Henry 
Holsinger. 

Some of the church's elders today 
continue to sei've while they reside 
at the Flora Home. A number of 
youth groups in that area have visited 
the home and its residents to present 
services and help. 

We recall that these leaders are 
placing the work in our hands and 
we must be ready to venture as they 
did. From them we learn that to meet 
a challenge we have to step out on 
faith. We have to be strong and of 
good courage. Those men of God in 
years before us had to suffer persecu- 
tion and hardship for their beliefs. 
Theirs was not an easy venture! 

Are we ready to begin our venture 
with Christ? Not by a snap of the 
fingers will we receive strength to 
endure ... to fight the battle and win. 
We must build firmly and grow well 
. . .in Him. 

Brethren Youth urges your gener- 
ous support of the Flora Home and 



all it means. This is not a place for 
old people to live ... it is the Hallmark 
of Fame for the Brethren Church. 

There is but one question remain- 
ing. . .will our successors in 2,000 A. 
D. say, "They Ventured" ? It is ours 
to do or to die. . .venture we must! 

In 1961 Brethren Youth will serve 
the Master through: 

1. Speech Contest — "Venturing 
With Christ— Seek Ye First The 
Kingdom" 

2. Project— "That The World May 
Know — Argentina or Bust" 

3. Goals — Prayer Meeting and Bi- 
ble Study 

4. Witnessing — by example and tes- 
timony 

5. Crusading — teaching others about 
Christ 

6. Living — dedicated lives for 
Christ and the church. 

"And let us not be weary in well 
doing: for in due season we shall 
reap, if we faint not." 

They Ventured. . .shall we venture? 





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At the left is a picture of our 
Youth group taken on Thanksgiving 
Day. (Note the absence of coats and 
sweaters.) Twelve members attended 
our Thanksgiving worship service in 
a group. 

Nineteen members of our Youth 
group attended Communion in a body 
also. It was quite touching to many 
when the young people came in and 
took their places at the Communion 
tables. 

— J. Robert Ridenour, Advisor 



CALLING 
ALL 
HIGH 
SCHOOL 



JUNIORS 
AND 

SENIORS! 



1 EBRUARY 11, 1961 



PAGE TWENTY-THREE 



LAST FALL I heard Dr. Clyde 
Meadows, president of Interna- 
tiuiial Christian Endeavor, lead a dis- 
cussion on the subject of planning 
youth meetings. Several things that 
he said stand out in my mind, but 
one of the foremost is his statement 
that youth meetings should be worth- 
while; that is, of worth and impor- 
tance to those who attend. How true 
this is! 

One of the great faults of many of 
the various clubs and groups that I 
have belonged to is that they seemed 
to have no practical purpose and goal 
towards which they were working. 
Meetings consisted only of time filler 
and had no value and were of no im- 
portance to me. Our youth meetings 
can become the same; time spent in 
worthless activity, in filling up time, 
in attempts at entertainment. This 
should not be. Thei-e are too many 
things of importance to be done for 
us to be wasting time. Attempts at 
entertainment are ridiculous; we can't 
begin to compete with television and 
the movies! No, if our meetings are 
to draw youth, we must offer some- 
thing worthwhile and important. 

Of course, how to do this is another 
question to which I can offer only a 
few suggestions. First, programs 
should be planned to offer something 
of value and not just entertainment 
to those in attendance. They should 
challenge the young people to do some 
honest thinking and soul-searching. 
Secondly, the youth program as a 
whole should offer some kind of proj- 
ect on which the youth can work to- 
gether. I have heard, for example, of 
groups who worked together helping 
the pastor prepare the church news- 






letter for mailing. Working together 
making money for our National Breth- 
ren Youth project also offers possi- 
bilities. Whatever the project, it must 
be worthwhile. 

There is also one other statement 
of Dr. Meadows I would like to con- 
sider. That is this, that as many 
young people as possible should be 
involved in the B. Y. programs. Con- 
nected with this he said that youth 
should do their own work with only 
a minimum guidance from adult ad- 
visors. When this is done, the young 
people begin to feel that the program 
is theirs and their responsibility. They 
take pride in their work and throw 
themselves into it. 




—by Dick Winfield 



But perhaps you are wondering how 
to get this participation. One answer 
is expect it. People usually do what 
is expected of them. A second sug- 
gestion, in asking for help, be specific 
about what is to be done. People of 
all ages are much more willing to help 
if they know what they are to do. 
And a final suggestion, find the nat- 
ural leaders of the group through ob- 
serving them during other activities, 
and let them serve as leaders of this 
group. Young people follow their own 
leaders much more quickly. 

These are only a few suggestions, 
but they sounded very good to me 
when I heard them. If followed, they 
will bring results, I'm sure. 



HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS AND SENIORS 
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For 1960-61: "VENTURING with CHRIST" Cll Peter 3:18) 



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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 

EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor of Publications ..Rev. W. St. Clair Benshoff 

Board of Editorial Consultants: 
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Mrs. Charlene Rowser 
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Missionary Board Mrs. Ida Lindower 

Contributing Editors: 

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Sunday School Lesson Comments 

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Spiritual Meditations Rev. Dyoll Belote 

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In This Issue: 

Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial: "Considering the Worth of Man" .... 3 

Missionary Board 4 

Woman's Missionary Society 6 

The Woman's Corner 7 

Sisterhood Program Planning Section 8 

Signal Lights Program Planning Section 12 

Sunday School Lesson Comments 14 

Prayer Meeting Bible Study 14 

Sunday School Suggestions 15 

News from the Brethren 16 

Coming Events 16 

What's Doing in the Churches 17 

"Laid to Rest" 19 

The Brethren Layman 20 

The Brethren Youth 22 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 

NOTES and COMMENTS 



BENEVOLENT OFFERING: 

Every Brethren should give careful considera- 
tion this month to the care and welfare of our 
retired ministers, the widows of deceased ministers 
and the residents of the Brethren's Home. If you 
have been following the pages of the Evangelist 
this month, you know of the need. Let's show 
our appreciation to those who have served, by giv- 
ing them the help tliey now need. 



THE HOUSE INSIDE ME! 

I have a house inside me 

A house people never see, 
It has a door thru which none may pass 
And windows, but they're not made of glass. 

Sometimes I like to go inside 

And hide and hide and hide. 

To doctor up my wounded pride j 

When I've been treated rough outside. ^ 

Sometimes when I've been to blame 
I go inside to blush with shame. 
And get my mind in better frame 
And get my tongue and temper sane. 

I meet my Heavenly Father there 

He stoops down to hear my prayer, 
And heals my wounds and cures my care 
And makes me strong to do and dare. 

Then after I've been made quite strong 

And things made right that were wrong 
I go outside where I belong 
To sing a new and happy song. 

Then I hear people say 

You are blithe happy, good and gay — 
And it's all because I feel that way 
But they don't know the price I pay. 

Bach one has a house inside, you know 

Where one can fight the battle through 
And God in grace will tell what to do 
To make your heart both strong and true. 

This house inside we surely build 

Piece by piece, bit by bit every day. 
The structure will be built both strong and right, 
If we build not ourselves but with God's might. 
By a Member of 
The First Brethren Church, 
North Manchester, Indiana. 
Editor's Note: The lady who wrote the above 
poem has asked that- her name not be used in 
the publication thereof. We grant her her wish, glad 
that she is willing to share her poem with the 
Brethren. 



OUR COVER PICTURE: Don Knight Photo. 



FEBRUARY 18, 1961 

CHRISTIANITY and the Dem- 
ocratic form of government 
have given to man a measure of 
his proper vcorth in tlie struc- 
ture of God's creation. Evohition 
stamps man with a character- 
istic of being just a little high- 
er on the scale of the animal 
than the ape. God assures man 
that He made man a special 
creature by a special act of cre- 
ation, placing into the living 
body of man His own breath 
of life. 

Considering the great wave of 
humanistic teaching which is 
sweeping the world, we will do 
well to think more seriously on 
the actual worth of man in the 
sight of God. Humanism says 
that man is in an eternal strug- 
gle against his environment. 
This is true, but humanism says 
that man has nothing more than 
his own biological powers with 
which to compete with his oppo- 
sition. Christianity tells us that 
we are created in the image of 
God, and thus have His power 
to help us in our battles of life. 

The worth of man is no bet- 
ter illustrated than in the giv- 
ing of the Son of God to re- 
deem the soul of man from sin. 
Would God have given His Son 
to die for a mere creature which, 
being only animal, had neither 
eternal soul nor spirit? If the 
creature which humanism calls 
"man", really evolved from a 
biological accident in a primeval 
backwater swamp, and has 
evolved upwards through liz- 
ards, other stages, and monkeys 
and apes, to his present status 
without any credited help from 
God, would there have been any 
need for an atoning Christ? 

A great injustice and an over- 
whelming act of blasphemy is 
done to God by anyone who 
dares to assert that man did his 
own evolving from the slime of 
the dinosaurs. But still the world 



PAGE THREE 



The Editors Pulpit 

Gonsidering the Worth of fiflan 



seems willing to accept such a 
theory. Communism, and some 
eager-beavers in our own way 
of life, keep trying to convince 
us that we are nothing more 
than animals with special tal- 
ents — talents which we are to 
use to further the cause of the 
human race in its "upward" evo- 
lution. They insist we are ex- 
pendable — that we have no rea- 
son to exist except to help the 
state. Hitler taught this, and 
thus set about to destroy all per- 
sons unable to carry their share 
of the work load. The aged, the 
sick, the handicapped — were to 
him so much unneeded human 
life cluttering up the crowded 
areas of his country. 

Christianity raises the ques- 
tion as did the Psalmist, "What 
is man, that thou art mindful of 
him?" God answers through 
Christ, and says, "I am come 
that they might have life, and 
that they might have it more 
abundantly." 

Here we see the true worth 
of man. Ours is a worthy pur- 
pose in life, and that is, to glo- 
rify our Maker. This basic 
teaching is expressed in the fun- 
damentals of our democratic 
form of government. Man is re- 
spected, he is given certain 
rights and privileges; liberty is 
guaranteed, along with life, and 
the pursuit of happiness. Thus 
we get a far different picture 
than if we assume that by our 
own strength and effort we have 
arrived at our present "animal" 
status by evolution. 

It is true, God made the hu- 
man body from the dust of the 



earth. But it was a special act 
of creation (Gen. 2:7). His love 
and care went into it. He had a 
special purpose in doing it. This 
special creation He favored by 
placing within him His own 
image. God is eternal, man is 
eternal. God is love, man has 
the capacity to receive and share 
divine love. These special capaci- 
ties which separate man from 
the animal kingdom have made 
possible through the power of 
God, the development of man 
from his first days upon the 
earth to : the present. The fact 
that sin has depraved so much 
of the human race to the animal 
level does not lessen the fact 
that he is a divine being spe- 
cially created of God for a spe- 
cific purpose. It only points up 
the need for a Savior to redeem 
man from sin. 

So, every human, a baby, 
young person, adult or aged per- 
son, has an eternal soul, and is 
precious in the sight of God. Our 
interest in people of all ages 
around us should be dominated 
by this one thought that each 
one is eternal and is loved by 
God. Our aged need all the love 
and care we can give them. Chil- 
dren need the best of Christian 
teaching to train them to rec- 
ognize their place in the plan of 
God. All ages of people need to 
treat each other with a little 
more love and compassion, rec- 
ognizing that each is a human 
being endowed with an eternal 
nature from God. This teaching 
we must spread abroad to count- 
eract that which would have us 
to believe otherwise. W. S. B. 



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MISSIONARY DEPARTMENT 



MISSIONARY BOARD OF THE BRETHREN CHURCH 
530 College Ave.. Ashland. Ohio. Phone 39582 



Contribating Edit 



(Gleaned from letters to the fam- 
ily, reports to the office, etc.) 



Solomon Odyssey 



FOLLOWING an eighteen-day re- 
vival (tent meeting) at Rosario, 
the Solomons left for their first vaca- 
tion since they arrived in Argentina 
more than two years ago. 

Beginning their trip into Northern 
Argentina after about 4 hours of 
sleep — Argentine friends who take 
a siesta in the afternoon and think 
nothing of the late hours, had kept 
them up late the night before with 
farewells — they experienced a bit of 
fatigue the first day. However, aboard 
the beautiful vessel, Ciudad de Asun- 
cion, the thrill of breath-taking 
scenes and the excitement of ship ac- 
tivity blotted out any feeling of per- 
sonal discomfort. 

Excellent meals helped to make the 
voyage a pleasant one, besides the 
fact that Timmy and Becky proved 
to be quite well behaved and were 
admired by fellow travelers. 

Just to keep Mother and Father 
Solomon on their toes — mentally, at 
least — Timmy, gazing out a port hole, 
wondered how the water stayed in 
the river: "Is there a plug in the 
bottom, like in our sink?" he in- 
quired. (Suggested replies to such 
questions may be addressed to Ken 
at Amenabar 273.) 

As they approached the seaport 
city of Parana, capital of the Prov- 



ince of Entre Rios, the panorama 
rendered the Solomons practically 
speechless! The city itself is up on 
a high hill which is terraced with 
lovely plants and trees until it reaches 
the river's edge. Trees are a variety 
of tall slender pine — a large, spread- 
ing tree covered with purple spring 
flowers and another type of equal size 
with orange flowers or blossoms, and 
many of varying shades of green. 
Slanting rays of the descending sun 
create a masterpiece of indescribable 
beauty. After viewing such evidences 
of the Creator's lavish endowment, 
Ken declared, "Words fail me in both 
English and Spanish — and I have for- 
gotten most of the Greek and He- 
brew of Seminary days — to express 
the beauty of the sight"; nevertheless 
he acknowledges the authorship of 
these dazzling sights by quoting, 
"The Heavens declare the glory of 
God, and the firmament showeth His 
handiwork," and other passages. 

After two days of relaxation and 
enjoyment of ship-board routine, the 
four Solomons disembarked at Cor- 
rientes. Following a ferry-boat ride to 
Barranquia, auto to Resistencia, and 
train to Saenz Pena, they stopped 
for several days with Mennonite 
friends, Elmer and Lois Miller who 
are engaged in work among the Toba 



Indians. Here they became acquainted 
with other Mennonite missionaries, 
the Buckwalters. 

Although rain fell during most of 
their stay in the area, they enjoyed 
fellowship with these Christian mis- 
sionary friends and did succeed in vis- 
iting among the Tobas one day. (For 
experience among Tobas, see letter 
from Jeannette in January 28 issue 
of the Evangelist.) 

As their stay in this area was con- 
cluded, the Solomons traveled — by air 
— to Cordoba, where they visited in 
the lovely home of Mrs. Grace Ferre 
(Dr. Yoder's daughter) and her 
daughter. Eleanor Yoder Romanenghi 
and her son, Dr. Norman Roman- 
enghi, joined with them also in social 
and spiritual fellowship. During their 
stay in this city, Jeannette spoke to 
the missionary society, and Ken to 
those attending the Lord's supper. 
Five adults were baptized at the time. 

Tim and Becky — possibly their par- 
ents as well — were fascinated by a 
trip to the big zoo nearby; then they 
visited the church camp-site about 
fifteen miles away, where Tim was 
greeted by a big dog he had become 
attached to on a previous visit. Be- 
fore leaving Cordoba, the entire fam- 
ily were given medical check-ups by 
Dr. Romanenghi. 

From Cordoba the vacationing 
quartet returned — by 7-hour train ride 
— home to Rosario. 

Certainly it is most beneficial for 
our missionaries to enjoy some such 
I'elief from rigorous schedules occa- 
sionally. We hope that these times of 
mental and physical refreshment may 
occur with a bit more frequency for 
the good of everyone. 



PREACH JESUS CHRIST 

SOME congregations seem con- 
vinced that bazaars, sauerkraut 
suppers, sales, and commercial dem- 
onstrations are more practical ways 
to support God's work than Christ's 
own way. 

Christ cleared out the money- 
makers and declared that the temple 
was a "house of prayer." His ex- 
ample of blessed giving was a widow. 



This widow gave a small amount, 
but a big portion. She loved God so 
much she denied herself and gave 
all she had. 

Some folks, in contrast, have the 
idea that they are "giving" when they 
have a good time at a bazaar, buy 
cakes and aprons, or enjoy a church 
supper on "cook's night out." This 
isn't giving at alL 

Christian stewards certainly believe 
that suppers are a wonderful part of 



Christian fellowship, but they are not 
a substitute for giving. When suppers 
and socials are conducted for Chris- 
tian fellowship and not for money- 
raising, they can be great blessings. 
Christian stewards believe God will 
bless women who use their talents 
to bake, cook, and sew — especially if 
they promote Christian fellowship and 
provide clothing for the poor or the 
children or aged in our church insti- 



FEBRUARY 18, 1961 



PAGE FIVE 




New Church 

at Mbororo 

— built by the 

Africans 



tutions. But selling goods is not a 
substitute for giving. 

From the point of view of pure 
economics, people who run bazaars 
and sell tickets to raise money would 
help the Church far more if they 
spent this time visiting fellow mem- 
bers to discuss Christian steward- 
ship and tithing. 

From a spiritual point of view, ba- 
zaars and sales don't preach Jesus 
Christ. They merely appeal to selfish 
motives and kid people into thinking 
they are giving when tliey are merely 
getting. No child ever was inspired 
when dad bought bazaar tickets, but 
many learned a lifelong lesson see- 
ing mother and dad put aside the 
first portion of their income for the 
Lord's work. 

Does your financial program preach 
Jesus Christ? 

(Taken from Lutheran Lay- 
men's Movement for Stew- 
ardship) 



New Ten Dollar Club Members 

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Kam — Elkhart, Indiana 

Mrs. Katie Ruch — Elkhart, Indiana 

Mr. and Mrs. John Holsinger — Oakville, Indiana 

Lloyd Dutchess — Galveston, Indiana (Kokomo) 

Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Fields— Washington, D. C. 

Mr. and Mrs. Olen C. Davis— Mulvane, Kansas 

Wade Loveday — Stockton, California 

Mrs. Frank Yost — Burlington, Indiana 

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Gates— Johnstown (Third), Pennsylvania 

Blr. and Mrs. C. D. Foust— Johnstown (Third), Pennsylvania 



WANTED! 

Nine hundred fifty-two new Ten 
Dollar Club members! If 952 people 
will join the Ten Dollar Club, we will 
have 2,000 members — a number which 
will insure substantial help for each 
new church. If YOU will join, we will 
need only 951 — 

You are a WANTED person. Why 
not give yourself up ? 



ARE YOU REMEMBERING to clip 
the SPOTLIGHT material for your 
files each week? If you are doing 
this, you will be surprised by the 
amount of helpful information you 
accumulate. Be wise; keep a file of 
missionary data; it will serve you 
when you need it. 



Name 

Bischof 

Byler 
Jane 
Rob 

Kraft 

Liskey 

Rowsey 

Shank 

Solomon 



SPOTLIGHT 

Missionary Tour and Furlough Schedule 

Tour 1 Furlough 1 Tour 2 Furlough 2 Tour 3 

11-52/12-55 12-55/ 3-57 3-57/11-60 11-60— 



2-54/ 3-60 
7-52/ 2-54 
4-53/ 2-54 
4-60— 
6-51/ 6-52 6-52/ 1-54* 



10-48/ 

7-52 
4-53 
9-57/ 4-60 
8-48/ 6-51 
5-58— 
9-55/10-58 10-58/10-59 10-59— 

11-58— 

Emergency furlough for reasons of health, 
Recalled for reasons of health. 



3-60— 



1-54/10-54 10-54/12-58* 



Present Addresses of our Missionaries 

On Furlough . 

Reverend and Mrs. Robert Bischof — 526 S. Silver St., Louisville, Ohio 
Reverend and Mrs. Robert Byler — 113 N. Walnut Street, Louisville, Ohio 
Reverend and Mrs. Charles Kraft — 115 Sherman Street, Hartford, Con- 
necticut 

On the Field ^ ^. -,^. „ , 

Reverend and Mrs. Glenn Shank — CBM Marama, P.O. Biu, Via Yola 

Nigeria, West Africa 
Mr. and Mrs. John Rowsey — O'Higgins 8162, Buenos Aires, Argentina 
Reverend and Mrs. Kenneth Solomon — Amenabar 273 (Santa Fe), Ro- 

sario, Argentina 



PAGE SIX 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



The Woman's Outlook 

Benevolence - - 

A Part of Christian Life 



Rev. L V. King 



and Worship 



■"PHERE are many phases to 
■*■ the Christian life. Worship 
is expressed in many ways. Yet 
many people are lopsided in the 
belief and expression of this 
life. Most of us can sing praises 
to God with great devotion and 
enthusiasm. We join heartily in 
singing, "I'll go where you want 
me to go, dear Lord." The way 
we sing it we leave the impres- 
sion that we are about ready to 
sail as a missionary for Africa. 
But when the Lord asks us to 
speak to neighbor Jones or 
Smith, we seem to forget about 
the song and excuse ourselves 
by saying, "It won't do any good 
anyway. He will never change 
his ways." In other words, too 
much of our worship is but lip 
expression. 

Then there are those who do 
realize that the Christian life 
is expressed in deeds as well as 
in words. Yet, many of these are 
lopsided in their deeds. Some ex- 
press it only in the saving of 
souls, while others express it in 
the building up of the church. 
To some the whole task of the 
church is the work of missions 
while others say it is education. 

The same attitude is assumed 
in regard to the different Boards 
of our denomination. Some place 
their whole emphasis on Foreign 



Missions while others forget 
missions and say our whole task 
lies in the teaching and educa- 
tion of our youth through train- 
ing in college and the printed 
page. 

There are some Christians 
about Thanksgiving or Easter 
time who say, "We have so 
many poor at home and must 
take care of these so we cannot 
give to missions." Then about 
February when the church gives 
them an opportunity to give to 
the poor and needy saints of 
our own beloved church they be- 
lieve in missions. 

I have written the above to 
show that many of us are rather 
lopsided in our interpretation of 
the Christian's duty in life and 
worship. We too often forget 
the Christian life is expressed 
in many ways and must be thus 
to be a rounded life. 

One of the phases of our 
Christian life and worship we 
often forget in our enthusiasm 
for other activities is the work 
of Benevolence. And yet it is a 
part of the Christian's expres- 
sion. How many of us have ever 
considered Benevolence as an 
open door to the church? 

The word Benevolence as in- 
terpreted in our denomination 
centers around the work of the 



Brethren's Home and the giving 
to our aged ministers. So I am 
approaching the subject with 
this thought in mind. 

The foundation passage in the 
New Testament for Benevolence 
is found in Paul's letter to the 
Corinthians. In chapter 16 of 
the first epistle he lays down the 
method the church ought to use 
in supporting the poor saints 
within her own fold, as well as 
at large. Paul has reference in 
this passage to the poor saints 
in the Jerusalem church. 

I recall once when preaching 
on the tithe as God's method 
of supporting the ministry of 
the church a brother reminded 
me that the New Testament way 
of giving was not through the 
tithe, according to I Cor. 16:2. 
I had to stop long enough to 
point out to him that Paul was 
not talking about preaching the 
Word here but about raising 
money for the poor. 

The Holy Tithe was given and 
made holy in the very beginning 
and has always been that por- 
tion set aside for the preaching 
and spreading of the Gospel of 
our Lord. And this amount 
would be sufficient to maintain 
this work with success if it was 
only faithfully practiced by the 
church as a whole. 



FEBRUARY 18, 1961 



PAGE SEVEN 



But the Holy Spirit through 
Paul also made provision for the 
poor saints within the borders 
of the church. And that provi- 
sion is stated very clearly in I 
Cor. 16:2. Nov/ Paul was not 
lopsided in his views. As busy 
and as important as was his 
work of preaching, teaching, 
founding and building up 
churches he still considered it a 
part of Christian life and wor- 
ship to raise funds for the poor 
saints in Jerusalem. 

And so he says, "Upon the 
first day of the week let each 
one of you lay by him in store, 
as he may prosper, that no col- 
lection be made when I come." 
The tithe is to be laid aside 
when one receives his check and 
that may be Tuesday, Tliursday 
or Saturday. But this collection 
for the saints is to be laid aside 
upon the first day of the week. 
And it is to be set aside in store 
until the day of collection. In 
our denominational work that 
day is some time during the 
month of February. 

Paul also gave these same in- 
structions to the churches of 
Galatia. Then if we turn to 11 
Cor., chapters 8 and 9, we find 
Paul further entreating the Cor- 
inthians in this, as he calls it, "a 
grace." Here we find the 
churches of Macedonia gave also 
to the poor in Jerusalem. And 
not as we have been want to 
give as a denomination. For they 
gave in their deep poverty and 
in much proof of affliction. Yea, 
even beyond their power they 
gave of their own accord. They 
even went so far as to entreat 
Paul to allow them the privilege 
of giving in regard to this grace 
and the fellowship in the minis- 
tering to the saints. 

Paul then urges the Corinth- 
ians to abound also in this grace. 
And the ground of this liberality 
was because Christ became poor 



that through Him we might be- 
come rich. In the 14th verse he 
urges this liberality so there 
might be equality. Now, study 
the remaining verses of this 
chapter. 

Then in the beginning of the 
9th chapter Paul again touches 
on the subject of ministering to 
the saints. And he urges the 
Corinthians to complete this 
good work which they so en- 
thusiastically had started a year 
ago. For he had boasted to other 
churches in his plea for this 
fund, the willingness of the Cor- 
inthians in giving. And he wants 
them to have the collection 
ready as a matter of bounty and 
not of exhortation. Why? Be- 
cause this setting apart on the 
first day of the week for the 
poor saints was to be willingly 
given. Tlie tithe is our duty 
even though it is a privilege. 
How the Benevolent Board of 



our own church would desire 
such a bounty. 

Paul then quotes that wonder- 
ful passage which has been tak- 
en entirely out of its setting by 
many, "He that soweth sparing- 
ly shall reap also sparingly ; and 
he that soweth bountifully shall 
reap also bountifully." Read the 
remaining verses which we can- 
not quote for lack of space. 

Yes, Benevolence is a part and 
a true part of Christian life and 
worship. It represents an open 
door in our own church. Are 
we entering it? Are we using 
the scriptural method of sustain- 
ing it? If we do, this part of 
our work, too, will be blessed of 
God for "he that scattereth 
abroad, he hath given to the 
poor; his righteousness abideth 
for ever." 

Reprinted from the May 1937 
Outlook. 



The 

Woman's 

Corner 



by 

Helen 

Jordan 



FEBRUARY is the month for the 
Benevolent Offering. This phase 
of the work of our denomination is 
a very real part of our W. M. S. work. 
At our Public Service Programs, a 
part of the offering is for Benevo- 
lence. This year, from our National 
Budget, we gave the Benevolent 
Board $1,500 00. 

I wish it were possible for all of 
you at sometime to visit in our Breth- 
ren's Home at Flora. You would be 
cheerfully greeted by Mrs. Kuns, the 
matron. So many of our Indiana So- 
cieties visit the Home during the year 
and share with the members their de- 
votional programs. 

I remember especially one after- 
noon I called at the Home. I went to 
personally wish Mrs. Duker a Hap- 
py Birthday. As I stepped into the 
hall, all was quiet, and then I heard 



voices coming from the living room. 
There I found Rev. Belote reading 
the Brethren Evangelist to Emma 
Berkheiser. Emma, bless her heart, is 
blind, but God has given her a special 
talent to memorize. 

Those of you who have attended 
meetings at the Home know what I 
am talking about, and have heard her 
present readings in her charming 
way. I think it is generous and 
thoughtful of Rev. Belote to read to 
her and help her with her memoriz- 
ing. I am sure there are others in 
the Home that show the same kind- 
ness. 

We must not forget that the Su- 
perannuated Ministers' Fund is also 
a part of the Benevolent Board. So 
when you have your Public Service 
Program, be sure and explain the 
reason for the offering. 

We as Brethren should be thank- 
ful for our Brethren's Home and 
should be very proud of it too. I am 
grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Kuns for 
the splendid work they are doing in 
caring for the Home and for those 
who make it their Home. 

Mrs. Russell Rodkey, 
Kokomo, Indiana. 



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Program 
Planning 
Section 



Senior Sisterhood Program for March 



Memorize: The voice of him that 
crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye 
the way of the Lord, make straight 
in the desert a highway for our God. 
Every valley shall be exalted, and 
every mountain and hill shall be made 
low: and the crooked shall be made 
straight, and the rough places plain: 
And the glory of the Lord shall be 



revealed, and all flesh shall see it 

together: for the mouth of the Lord 

hath spoken it. Isaiah 40:3-5 

Hymn 

Scripture 

Special music or reading 

Bible Study: James 4:1-10 

Topic: Kentucky Summer 

Benediction 



Kentucky Summer 

Shari Linton 



As OUR CAR wound it's way 
around the curves and up the 
hills; as I gazed at the rich green 
slopes, the tar paper shacks, and the 
swinging bridges I wondered for the 
thousandth time how God could have 
managed anything so breathtaking. 
Seven weeks I was to spend in this 
beauty, and I knew I was going to 
love every minute of it. 

As we followed the road down the 
hill into Krypton we noticed the bare- 
footed children, the men and women 
rocking on their porches, and the 
many dogs. The latter proved to be 
our alarm clock throughout many a 
night. 

We were greeted in the yard by 
the happy, smiling, Miss Lowery. I 
had never seen her before, but knew, 
without being told, who she was. She 
just seemed to fit in with the scenery 
and the atmosphere. Gradually all 
seven of the crusaders arrived and 
we settled dovsTi in our little cabin 
to share the experiences of one sum- 
mer we would never forget. One thing 
we got accustomed to right away was 
Miss Lowery's cooking which ranged 
from fried green tomatoes to pizza. 
This suited us just right. 

The first week we spent visiting 
different homes in the hills and invit- 
ing the children to Bible school. We 
also arranged our lessons, and prayed 
for their success. We came to en- 
joy the simple life, lacking many of 
the luxuries we'd known at home. The 



whole atmosphere brought us closer 
to God, and we knew that it was 
right for us to be there. 

I remember waking up in the 
morning, looking out my window, and 
finding these words coming to my 
mind: "I will lift up mine eyes unto 
the hills, from whence cometh my 
help. My help cometh from the Lord 
which made heaven and earth." At 
different intervals during the day I 
would stop and look at the beauty and 
splendor of those hills, and my heart 
would pound in my chest. They closed 
me in but never had I been freer 
for they and I were under the same 
God with the same purpose, to show 
the world its Creator. 

The weeks fled by quickly and we 
soon got into the routine of teaching 
the children and getting to know 
them personally. We found most of 
them very friendly and willing to 
learn, although a little backward at 
first. We took everyone into our 
hearts almost immediately because 
those simple people with their prob- 
lems were easy to love. They were 
constantly on our prayer list and if 
one became ill we went to cheer him, 
or if one had cause for joy we shared 
it. We loved the bare feet, the ruffled 
hair, and in some cases, the tattered 
clothes. We joined the children many 
times in the evening with games of 
croquet, basketball, or volleyball. It 
was good to laugh and talk with 
them; to come to know and under- 



stand their thoughts and customs. We 
saw in many places a great need and 
in others a wonderful fellowship with 
those who had come to know Christ 
as their Savior. 

In our spare time we attended the 
revival meetings, sat around in the 
cabin talking or just having a good 
time. We seldom got bored, for some- 
one was always putting frogs in the 
beds, or hair spray on the tooth 
brushes. 

The hills were our personal posses- 
sions, for we tucked their beauty in 
our hearts and we blissfully traveled 
their paths each day. God could be 
felt in the sunshine, the wind, the 
songs of the birds, and even the thick, 
heavy fog which hovered close to pro- 
tect us each night. This little world 
was ours and we wanted to reach out 
and hang on to it, for time was go- 
ing fast. Soon we would have to leave. 

This place and these experiences 
had become a part of our lives which 
would help us to grow and understand 
the works of God more fully and 
completely. Our outlook had been 
broadened to the extent that we could 
look at these people of the hills and 
accept them for what they were with- 
out a feeling of superiority on our 
part. In some ways they had more 
than we did, for this country of God 
had been made for them; we were 
only passing through. Actually they 
had done as much for us as we had 
tried to do for them. I'm sure God 
had planned it that way. 

People enter into our lives and as 
Christians we are expected to show 
them the way, the truth, and the life. 
Perhaps they are in our presence for 
only a short time and perhaps the 
things we do may not seem worth- 
while or significant. We fail in many 
ways to accomplish God's purpose 
and yet if we know in our hearts 
that God is for real and nothing on 
earth can change this faith, then we 
can count on God to use us in some 
way to help the persons who only 
cross our path but once. 

Ashland College 



FEBRUARY 18, 1961 



PAGE NINE 



Program 
Planning 
Section 



Sisterhood 



SINCE I accepted Christ as my 
Savior my life has been full of 
I experiences that have drawn me 
closer to Him. Experiences in the 
I form of trials, suffering, responsi- 
bilities, the meeting of Christian 
friends, and fellowship with them. 

My greatest experience with Him 
happened my first year at college 
I when, on my own, confronted by those 
' who oppose the only way — the blood 
of Christ on Calvary — I had to de- 
cide just what I did believe. 

I had no human helpers to turn 
to as before at home. I felt alone and 



On The Mountain 

Debbie Kirkwood 



helpless, my faith started to waver 
and then doubt started to fill my 
mind. Then, in a way that may seem 
trivial to you, God showed me human 
strength is not enough and that He is 
our strength. I got a dime caught in 
a dryer in the dorm. I pushed and 
pushed the lever but nothing hap- 
pened. Then, I turned to God in 



prayer, pushed the lever lightly, and 
the dime fell in. 

Yes, this experience topped off all 
the experiences of my college year 
by showing me God is all there is 
and He is all our Strength. When hu- 
man helpers and strength fail, God 
is there. "The Lord is nigh unto all 
them that call upon Him..." Psalm 
145:18. 

I thank Him so much for the expe- 
riences that He has led me through 
and I trust He'll lead me on day by 
day into more experiences whereby 
I can grow in His grace. 



JAMES 4:1-10 

Mrs. Philip Lersch, Jr. 



Bible Study for March 



ALL OF US are faced with choices 
daily. We must choose what we 
will wear, what we will eat, how we 
will spend our time, who our friends 
are, and many other things. If we 
decide to wear a blue skirt, we can't 
wear a black one too; most of us 
would find it difficult to eat a chicken 
dinner and a steak dinner; we can't 
go to school and to a party at the 
same time; we must decide which we 
would rather do or which we feel ob- 
ligated to do. In James, the fourth 
chapter, we are told of decisions we 
must make. 

James warns us not to be double- 
minded. This leads not only to tur- 



moil within ourselves but also strife 
with others. Being double-minded is 
trying to give ourselves to two things 
at once. We cannot do it and when 
we try we only bring unhappiness 
to ourselves. Jesus said that we can- 
not love God and mammon. He told 
us to love God with all of our being 
— our heart, mind, soul and strength. 
This is the commandment of greatest 
importance in the Bible. 

The love we are to have for God 
is likened to the love a wife has for 
her husband. She is to give her pledge 
of faith to her husband. Remember 
the marriage vows ? This is what I 
said to my husband the day we were 



married: "I, Jean, take thee, Phil, to 
be my wedded husband and pledge 
thee my faith till death do us part." 
To seal the vows this was my token, 
"With this ring do I thee wed and to 
thee I pledge my life-long love and 
devotion." 

We promise to love Him only and 
not give our affection to anyone or 
anything else. If we go back on our 
vows we are unfaithful to God and 
James calls us adulteresses. In other 
words if we try to show God our 
love part of the time and then turn 
around and live by the world's stand- 
ards the rest of the time this is what 
James says about us: Ye adulterers 



PAGE TEN 



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Program 
Planning 
Section 



Sisterhood i 



and adulteresses, know ye not that 
the friendship with the world is en- 
mity with God ? Whosoever therefore 
will be a friend of the world is an 
enemy of God. 

What is the difference between the 
world's standards and God's stand- 
ard? The world says, entertain your- 
self, get things for yourself, look 
out for yourself first. The only trouble 
is the entertainment you seek doesn't 
really bring satisfaction, the things 
you get for yourself wear out and 
looking for yourself first brings only 
worry and tension. 

In contrast, God says, deny your- 
self, seek God's kingdom first, and 
love your neighbor as yourself. If you 
do deny yourself and take up your 
cross to follow Christ, you will find 
life, real life; if you seek God's king- 
dom first, all of your physical wants 
will be provided; and if you love your 
neighbor as yourself you will find 
your life rich in rewards and worth- 
while satisfying experiences. But we 
cannot find this real happiness un- 
less we give ourselves completely 
with no reservations to God. No 
double-mindedness, giving the world 
part of our affection and God what 
is left over. This only makes peo- 
ple miserable and discontented. It 
must be "all or nothing at all." If 
you want to know what God really 
thinks about those who are "luke- 
warm Christians," neither for Him 
nor against Him, read Revelation 3: 
15-21. 

How can we give ourselves com- 
pletely to God and find true happi- 
ness in this earthly life? We are hu- 
man and so prone to follow our sel- 
fish whims. It is much easier to do 
what the world says than follow 
God's way. 

Two activities are the answer: sub- 
mit and resist. Now since we are 
dealing with two conflicting forces, 
God and the world or the devil, it 
follows that we must do two opposite 
things. Submit to God and resist the 
devil. We cannot really do one with- 
out doing the other. Notice the differ- 
ence in what we do. What we do be- 
fore God is to yield ourselves — inac- 



tivity on our part. This involves hu- 
mility before God, confessing our 
sins and being truly sorry for them. 
"As you come close to God you should 
be deeply sorry, you should be 
grieved, you should even be in tears. 
Your laughter will have to become 
mourning, your high spirits will have 
to become heartfelt dejection. You 
will have to feel very small in the 
sight of God before He will set you 
on your feet once more." This is sub- 
mitting to God, true humility that 
can aid us in being faithful to God. 
But along with this yielding to God 
we must resist the devil. This in- 
volves action. Only when we take the 
offensive will the devil run away 
from us. Otherwise he'll hound our 
steps constantly and we'll find our- 
selves yielding to him and his worldly 
standards that bring only destruction. 
The hymn states it this way, 

"Onward, Christian soldiers, march- 
ing as to war 

With the cross of Jesus going on 
before; 

Christ the royal master leads against 
the foe; 

Forward into battle, see His banner 
go." 

As soldiers we need weapons and 
armor; the Bible outlines them for 
us. We are to put on hip pads of 
Truth, chest shield of Righteousness, 
boots of the Gospel of Peace, a 
shield of Faith, a helmet of Salva- 
tion, and the sword which is the Bi- 
ble. Along with this equipment we 
are to pray always. These are the 
mightiest weapons in the world if we 
will only use them. 

The Christian life then involves 
these two activities — submitting to 
God and resisting the devil. We must 
do both to succeed. 

In the first few verses of chapter 
four of James we read about fighting, 
but it is not the kind of fighting that 
Christians are to engage in. Our bat- 
tle is with evil. The fighting re- 
ferred to in the first verse of this 
chapter is that which takes place in 
churches among believers. This is a 



sad state of affairs when soldiers in 
an army begin fighting among them- 
selves. What kind of a force can they 
be in a world of evil when they are 
wasting their energy and using the 
wrong kind of ammunition by fight- 
ing with each other instead of join- 
ing forces against the enemy. What 
kind of an army is that? 

The devil must be laughing up his 
sleeve when he sees all of the fighting ! 
that goes on inside the church. This 
is just helping his cause. When we ' 
do not give full allegiance to the 
cause of Christ but are divided in our 
loyalties and ambitions we become ' 
weak and anemic. We are a falling I 
force and cannot really resist any- \ 
thing when we spend our time and j 
energy bickering among ourselves. I 
True believers will join themselves i 
together and strengthen each other : 
with the weapons the Bible outlines. 
They will humble themselves before 
God and resist the devil. Then and 
only then can they become an active 
force in the war against evil which 
must go on until Christ returns to j 
the earth to set up His reign of 
peace. 

This section of the fourth chapter 
of James, the first ten verses is so 
packed full of importance that we 
considered it exclusively this month. 
Next month we will finish the chap- 
ter. • 

"Soldiers of Christ, arise, and put 

your armor on. 
Strong in the strength which God 

supplies. Thro' His eternal Son; 
Strong in the Lord of Hosts, and in 

His mighty power, 
Who in the strength of Jesus trusts 

is more than conqueror. 

From strength to strength go on, 
wrestle, and fight, and pray; 

Tread all the powers of darkness 
down, and win the well-fought day. 

Still let the Spirit cry in all His sol- 
diers, 'Come,' 

Till Christ the Lord descend from 
high, and take the conquerors 
home." 

Charles Wesley 



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FEBRUARY 18, 1961 



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Program 
Planning 
Section 



Junior Sisterhood Program for March 



in God's Garden 



Memorize: The voice of him that 
crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye 
the way of the Lord, make straight 
in the desert a highway for our God. 
Every valley shall be exalted, and 
every mountain and hill shall be made 
low: and the crooked shall be made 
straight, and the rough places plain; 
and the glory of the Lord shall be re- 
vealed, and all flesh shall see it to- 



gether: for the mouth of the Lord 

hath spoken it. Isaiah 40:3-5 

Chorus 

Special music or reading 

Bible Study: James 4:1-10 

Prayer 

Topic: Sour Grapes 

Benediction 

Business 



Sour Grapes 

Debbie Kirkwood 



"AND THE LORD GOD planted a 
garden eastward in Eden, and there 
he put the man whom he had 
formed." In the beginning God made 
a perfect, beautiful place for man and 
his bride to dwell. He supplied all 
their needs. His communion and per- 
fect love caused them to know no 
fear. The animals were harmless, love 
was abundant. But then, in Satan's 
desire to be like God, he could not 
stand this new creation. In his jeal- 
ousy, he set out to deceive mankind. 
He immediately implanted doubts in 
Eve's mind as to the love of God. 
Through this deception, sin entered 
the world. 

We today are living on the earth 
that God created, "In the beginning 
God created the heaven and the 
earth." This is His garden for us. 
Satan is still trying to deceive and 
cause men to doubt God and His love. 
As we look around us we can see the 
results of that first sin-sickness, mur- 
der, hate, etc. This result can be 
seen in the lowliest of God's creation 
— a grape in which we find the bitter 
(bad) and the sweet (good). This 
object from God's garden can be con- 
trasted to your life, my life, our 
lives. 

In the Song of Solomon (2:15) we 
find the words, "Take us the foxes, 
the little foxes, that spoil the vines: 



for the vines have tender grapes." 
Sin (the little foxes) has spoiled our 
earthly vine (our parents) and thus 
we, as their children, will die. When 
the vine is spoiled and dies, the fruit 
of that vine dies also. "Behold, I 
was shapen in iniquity; and in sin 
did my mother conceive me." ". . .the 
wages of sin is death..." We by 
nature take on this attribute of our 
fleshly fathers — the sin attribute. 
"... the fathers have eaten a sour 
grape, and the children's teeth are 
set on edge." With this sin in our 
life we are as the grapes of Sodom 
and Gomorrah, "... their grapes are 
grapes of gall, and their clusters are 
bitter." Our lives are unloving, and 
selfish; our future is without hope 
and our present situation is without 
God. 

There is only one way the foxes 
of sin can be destroyed and the guilt 
we have on us overcome — through 
God's Son, our Savior, the Lord Jesus 
Christ: "In whom we have redemption 
through his blood, the foi-giveness 
of sins, according to the riches of 
his grace." We found in Romans 6: 
23 that the wages of sin is death 
but we also find that "... the gift of 
God is eternal life through Jesus 
Christ our Lord." "That if thou shalt 
confess with thy mouth the Lord Je- 
sus, and believe in thine heart that 



God hath raised him from the dead, 
thou shalt be saved." 

Each man, woman and child indi- 
vidually must choose whether they 
want to keep the fruit of the old vine 
which is the sour grape and ends in 
death or become the fruit of the vine 
that gives eternal life and was pro- 
vided before the foundations of the 
world. 

This new vine, whereby we are giv- 
en eternal life and the washing away 
of our sin, is Christ. "I am the true 
vine. . ." If we have realized that we 
are all sinners in God's eyes, come to 
Him, and ask forgiveness in faith be- 
lieving He becomes our vine, and 
sweet grapes, like those of Eschol 
(Numbers 13), will replace the ones 
spoiled by the little foxes. These 
sweet grapes of Eschol stand for the 
fullness and beautiful life of one who 
has come to the only means of life. 

"And this is the record, that God 
hath given to us eternal life and this 
life is in His Son" (I John 5:1). 

Yes, we're all as an old bunch of 
sour grapes but Christ can change 
the vilest into something beautiful 
and sweet. Is He your vine? Are you 
a sweet grape in God's garden? 

Hanging in the garden 

Were grapes so large and sweet; 

But little foxes entered in 

In search of food to eat. 

They couldn't reach the clusters 

Which were so very high; 

So they tore down the vines 

And the grapes began to die. 

Our lives are like the clusters. 

Which the foxes did destroy 

But we have a vine that can stand 

firm 
'Gainst the foxes sly and coy. 
This vine is Christ our Savior 
And the foxes He'll defeat 
When they come into the garden 
In search of grapes to eat. 

Ashland College 



PAGE TWELVE 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



Program 
Planning 
Section 



Signal Lights Program for March 



Prelude: "Serve the Lord In Youth" 

Call to Worship: 

"Jesus is near every day 
To help me in every way. 
Because I love Him so 
I'll help others Him to know." 

Sing: 

"Jesus Loves Me" (In English and 

Hausa) 
"He Loves Me, Too" 
"Jesus Loves the Little Ones" 

A Bible Child: 

How A Little Girl 
Helped A Great Man 

Once there was a great and i-ich 
man named Naaman. Naaman was 
one of the king's helpers. He had im- 
portant work to do. He had many 
men under him. 

Naaman and his wife lived in a 
beautiful home. They had many ser- 
vants to wait upon them. Among the 
servants was a little girl. Her real 
home was far away in another coun- 
try. But she lived here in Naaman's 
house as the servant of Naaman's 
wife. There were many things she 
could do to help. In the morning she 
helped her mistress to dress. Some- 
times the little girl brought her 
fruit to eat or a cup of water to 
drink. Often she ran errands. Of 
course she missed her own home. But 
Naaman and his wife were kind to 
her. She soon learned to love them 
and to be happy in her new home. 

One day she noticed that her mis- 
tress was not happy. She did not 
smile or laugh as she used to do. 
Day by day her face grew more sad. 
The little girl wondered what was 
the matter. She tried harder than 
ever to do her work well, but still 
the lady looked sad. Then, one day 
the girl heard some people talking. 
"Naaman, the great Naaman, has lep- 
rosy," they said. Then she understood. 
She knew that leprosy was a terrible 
sickness which no doctor could cure. 

"How can I help?" thought the lit- 
tle girl. "How can I make Naaman 
and his wife happy again?" Then 
she thought of something that the 
others did not know. In her own land 
there was a good man named Elisha. 
God had given Elisha power to do 
many wonderful things. "I know God 



would help Elisha to make Naaman 
well," she said to herself. 

Quickly she ran to find her mis- 
tress. She found her with her head 
down on her arms. She was crying. 
"Mistress," said the little girl softly, 
"do not cry. I know someone who 
could help the master." 

Naaman's wife raised her head. "No 
one can help him," she said sadly. 
"No doctor can make him well." 

"Oh, but you do not know Elisha," 
said the little girl. And she told of 
this good man who lived far away in 
her own land. She told how God had 
given Elisha power to do many won- 
derful things. 

"I'm sure Elisha would help Naa- 
man if only he would go to him," 
she said. 

She was so sure that her mistress 
thought perhaps Elisha could help. 
She told her husband. He, too, thought 
perhaps Elisha could help. Quickly he 
made ready for the journey to find 
Elisha. He sent for his chariots and 
his strong horses. He told some of 
his soldiers to get ready to go with 
him. He made ready presents of gold 
and silver and fine silk clothing to 
take to Elisha. He said good-by to 
his wife, and drove away. 

Then Naaman's wife and the little 
girl waited and waited. It took a good 
many days for Naaman to make his 
journey. 

At last one day one of the servants 
came running into the house. "The 
master is coming! Naaman is com- 
ing!" he cried. "He is at the door 
now." As he spoke, they could hear 
Naaman's chariot stop before the 
house. 

Quickly they ran to meet him. They 
hoped so much that Elisha had helped 
him. 

Sure enough! There stood Naaman. 
How strong and well and happy he 
looked! 

"Truly the little girl was right," 
he said. "Elisha made me well! And 
he would not take any presents for 
his kindness. He said it was God who 
gave him power to do it." 

Naaman and his wife were very 
happy. The little girl was glad, too, 
because she had helped to make them 
happy. 

— Based on II Kings 5:1-19. 



Hymn of the Month: 

Serve the Lord in Youth 

Serve the Lord in the days of youth, 
Learn His law and accept His truth; 
Sing His praise with a ready tongue, 
While the heart is young. 
While the heart is young. 

Chorus: 

Serve the Lord in youthful days. 
Do His will and walk His ways. 
Wait not for what the years may 

bring. 
But serve Him, serve Him; 
While life is like the spring, 
O serve our Lord and King. 

Give to Him what He gave to you. 
Buoyant strength and a courage true; 
Ringing voices and eyes alight. 
Souls all pure and white. 
Unstained and pure and white. 

Serve Him then, every youthful day. 
Choose His guidance without delay; 
Waste no part of these precious years. 
Youth soon disappears. 
Too soon it disappears. 

(Since this is a long hymn, you 
may wish to use just the first verse 
and chorus. Print the words on a 
chart or chalkboard so all the group 
can see them. Be sure to explain the 
meaning of unfamiliar words such as 
youth, youthful, buoyant. Listen to 
the music again and then sing the 
hymn together.) 

A Story: 

Larry's Prayer 

Larry's blue eyes sparkled. "I love 
Jesus," he told his Sunday School 
teacher. "Every night I kneel beside 
my bed and pray. God takes care of 
me and helps me to be a better boy." 

Larry lived in a pretty green house 
in a new neighborhood. Every Sun- 
day he went to the new church down 
the sti'eet. There he learned of Jesus. 
He was the only one in his family 
who loved Jesus and prayed to Him. 

One day Larry's baby brother, Tom- 
my, became very sick. His mother and 
father did everything they could to 
help Tommy get better. They took 
him to the hospital and called the 
best doctors. But he got worse and 
worse. 



FEBRUARY 18, 1961 



PAGE THIRTEEN 



Mother and Father were crying the 
day they called Larry to them. Fa- 
ther said, "Tommy is very sick. The 
doctors say they can't heljD him. 
Only God can make him well again." 

"We have never prayed before. Will 
you help us, Larry?" Mother asked. 

The three of them knelt beside the 
davenport and Larry prayed, "Dear 
God, we love Tommy very much. Only 
You can make him well. Please help 
him if You will. In Jesus' name. 
Amen." 

The next day Mother and Father 
were smiling when they called Lar- 
ry to them. "Tommy's fever is going 
down. The doctors say he will get 
better now," Mother said. 

"We know it is God who is helping 
our baby," said Father. "From now 
on we will all go to church with you, 
so we can thank Him and learn more 
about Him." 

Memory Scripture: "A little child 
shall lead them." Isaiah 11:6b. 
Sing: "Can a Little Child Like Me" 
A Letter From Your Editor: 
Dear Signal Lights: 

A new church. A brand new church. 
Have you ever gone to Sunday School 
and worshipped in one? We did. New 
Year's Day. It was the Papago Park 
Brethren Church at Scottsdale, Ari- 
zona. 

Until it was built a few months 
ago the nearest Brethren Church was 
at Tucson, 125 miles away and the 
next nearest was hundreds of miles 
away. 

What is a new church like? Well, 
it smells of fresh building materials, 
paint and plaster. It looks lovely — 
all gleaming and sparkling. It makes 
you feel good to be there because as 
you look at the pretty colored glass 
windows and hear the soft music, you 
know God is near. You bow your head 
and say, "Thank you, God, for this 
church where boys and girls, men and 
women learn of Jesus and worship 
Thee." 

Are you friendly to strangers who 
come to your church? In a new 
church everyone is very friendly. They 
say, "Where are you from ? How long 
will you be here? Come see the other 
rooms of our church. Do come again." 

There were 78 people in Sunday 
School the day we were there. Usual- 



ly there are more — around 100, but 
this was a holiday, you know and 
many people were away. 

After Sunday School do you know 
what the boys and girls did? They 
didn't go dashing out the door. Oh, 
no. They quietly came into the sanc- 
tuary. Some of them found their par- 
ents and sat with them. The others 
walked to the front of the church 
and sat in the seats there. There 
were about three rows tilled with 
these children. I'm sure that Jesus 
who took the little ones on His knee, 
told them stories and blessed them 
while He was here on earth was very 
pleased as He looked down on the 
Papago Park Brethren Church and 
saw the children there to worship 
God. I'm sure that many adults as 
they saw the rows filled with children 
said, "Thank you, God for these boys 
and girls. May our church help them 
to learn of Jesus." 

Rev. Francis Berkshire is pastor of 
this church. He and his wife, Dorothy, 
and son, Mark, live in a pretty house 
a few blocks from the church. They 
are all working hard for God in this 
community. They know they are serv- 
ing God where He wants them, and 
they are happy. 

The day we were there they were 
going to have a picnic on the desert. 
Imagine! A picnic on New Year's 
Day! Most of us live where we think 
of ice and snow and cold on the first 
day of January, not picnics! How we 
would have liked to have gone with 
them, but we had to hurry home 
because school would start in three 
more days. 

Another of the many nice people we 
saw there was Carol Berkshire. Not 
many years ago she was a little girl 
your age. She played with dolls, went 
to school, did errands for her parents, 
and attended church where she 
learned of God's great love. Through 
Signal Lights, Sisterhood, and Sun- 
day School she learned the joy of 
working for Him. Now she is a 
grown-up young lady who has finished 
college and is a teacher. 

God calls some people to be min- 
isters, some to be missionaries, and 
some to serve Him in other ways. 
Carol knew He wanted her to be a 
school teacher and to work in the 
Brethren Church. As she prayed about 
where to go to teach, she thought of 
her Uncle Francis and the new 
church at Scottsdale. She knew that 
was where God wanted her. So on 



school days Carol is a fine teacher who 
shows the boys and girls in her class 
the love of God through her love for 
them. On Sundays and many even- 
ings during the week she is working 
for Him in the Papago Park Brethren 
Church. 

God has a special job for each 
of you. He may want some of you to 
be teachers like Carol. You should 
learn all you can about Him now; 
so you will understand when He lets 
you know what job He has for you 
to do. 

Of course you know it takes lots of 
money to build a lovely new church. 
Brethren people everywhere helped 
to build this one by sending money 
to help pay the cost. Through our 
project this year we are going to 
help build other churches in other 
places. Remember to bring your Do- 
ing-Without-Money to each meeting. 
Then when you hear of a new Breth- 
ren Church being built you can say, 
"I helped build it." You will feel good 
knowing that other boys and girls 
are learning of Jesus because you 
gave your money for God's work rath- 
er than spending it for yourself. 
With love. 
Alberta Holsinger. 

Friendship Circle of Prayer: Let us 

thank God for Jesus and our church 
where we learn of Him. Let us ask 
Him to help the new Brethren 
Churches to teach many more boys 
and girls. 

Business: A birthday to remember: 
Barbara Bischof will be five years 
old on April 22. 

Our project: Brethren Churches for 
Boys and Girls in the United States. 

Handwork: A Gift to Make— A Po- 
mander 

Each child will need a small firm 
apple or orange and about a box of 
cloves. Stick the whole cloves in the 
fruit as close together as possible. 
(If the skin is tough, a nail may be 
used to pierce the holes.) Now roll 
the clove-studded fruit in a mixture 
of equal amounts of ground cinnamon 
and powdered orrisroot (from the 
drugstore) until it is thoroughly 
coated. Wrap the coated fruit in 
cheesecloth or tissue paper. Store it 
in a dry place until the next meet- 
ing when we will finish it. 

Signal Lights' Benediction. 

He who remembers old friends 
makes new ones. 



PAGE FOURTEEN 



THE BRETHREN EVANGEUST \ 



Lesson 

Comments 




Lesson for February 26, 1961 

THE CHALLENGE OF THE CROSS 

Lesson: John 12:20-36 

CHRISTIANITY IS A CHALLENGE! It cannot be 
otherwise. He who looks upon the Christian life in 
any other way fails to grasp its meaning. Christianity 
demands the best we have to offer: 

GIVING comes before RECEIVING... 

DEATH comes before LIFE. . . 

CRUCIFIXION comes before RESURRECTION... 

The CROSS comes before the CROWN... 

THE NECESSITY OF THE CROSS 

"And there were certain Greeks among them that came 
up to worship at the feast. . .saying, Sir, we would see 
Jesus" (vs. 21). 

"These Greeks were probably proselytes to Judaism; 
they may have come from only the Greek cities of 
Galilee; but to the mind of Christ, and so of John, 
they were the representatives of the whole Gentile 
world" (Charles R. Erdman). 

There is something thrilling about these individuals 
who dared to seek out Christ! What was it that prompted 
them to do so? Idle curiosity? Spiritual hunger? Frank 
S. Mead suggests what the Greeks might have been 
thinking: 

"We would see Jesus. We would talk with Him, 
commune with Him. We are weary of speculation, 
philosophy, dreams. We would see Him and learn from 
Him the secret of life. Sir, we who are thought to know 
so much, come to sit at the feet of Him who really 
knows. We come, not in pride, but in humility..." 

How did Christ reply? "And Jesus answered them, 
saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should 
be glorified..." (vs. 23). 

This was not all that Christ said. His complete an- 
swer is found in verses 23-28. It is clear from what Je- 
sus said that He wanted them to see how necessary Was 
the cross in relation to discipleship. "The hour is come," 
He said. 

"The hour which Chz-ist here declares to be at hand 
is the consummation of the age long expectation of 
man's deliverance from sin through the atoning death 
of a Saviour. Christ intimates that His suffering and 
death are to terminate in victory and glorification" 
(H. L. Higley). 

THE REQUIREMENT OF THE CROSS 

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat 
fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it 



die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his : 
life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world 
shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve Me, i 
let him follow Me; and where I am, there shall also 
My servant be: if any man serve Me, him will My Father 
honour" (vs. 24-26). 

Let no man say that discipleship does not cost! Dis- 
cipleship includes the cross, and the cross always in- 
cludes suffering. 

What does the cross require of the followers of Christ ? 
There are three requirements found in these verses: 

1. A willingness to die in order to live. 

2. A willingness to hate one's life in order to keep it. j 

3. A willingness to serve Christ in order to be honoured 
by the Father. 

THE POWER OF THE CROSS 

"And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all 
men unto Me. This He said, signifying what death He 
should die" (vs. 32-33). 

"The attractive power was to be His cross... He 
was to be 'lifted up,' not by testimony nor by imitat- 
ing His life; but in His death... The cross is still 
the supreme moral magnet of the world. It is not 
the teachings of Christ, nor His example, unrelated 
to His death, but His cross that is attracting multi- 
tudes and making them willing, as devoted followers, 
to take up the cross and come after Him" (Erdman). 

We are so prone to "water-down" the gospel today. 
Christ did not try to make His message "easy" for these 
inquiring Greeks. He knew that men must be willing to 
accept the Challenge of the Cross. The would-be follower 
of Christ must be willing to fully pay the price of dis- 
cipleship. For our Lord Himself said: 

"If any man will come after Me, let him deny him- 
self, and take up his cross, and follow Me" (Mt. 16:24). 



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THIS IS THE VICTORY 

Though every barrier seem a wall. 
Thy strength, O God, leaps over all. 
Though I am battered in each round, 
I win if Thy support is found. 
Though I am tempted to despair 
Thy presence finds me in my prayer. 

Though dark and deep the waves of night, 
Piercing their blackness is thy light. 
My path is crowded about with fears; 
But I hear Thy voice — thy way appears. 
If lonely I face a burdened task, 
I have Thy presence when I ask. 

Lord of hope, I see Thy cross; 
It is our triumph, not our loss. 



FEBRUARY 18, 1961 



PAGE FIFTEEN 



O Lord of courage, nerve my will 

To choose Thy side, to serve Thee still. 

Lord of love, create in me 
The faith that is love's victory. 

GOD HAS MADE PROVISION for all our needs as 
believers for holy living (2 Pet. 1:3). First of all, 
the sinless Christ (1 Pet. 2:22) atoned for our sins (1 
Cor. 15:3), and ever lives to save to the uttermost and 
to intercede (Heb. 7:25). Though God knows the e\al 
we have done, His "grace is greater than all our sin" 
(Rom. 5:20), and we can rejoice in God's merciful par- 
don (Acts 3:19). The unspeakable horrors of Calvary 
was the one way that the Saviour could accomplish our 
salvation (Jn. 3:14). 

Christ did not die as a martyr but to gain a glorious 
victory in our behalf over Satan (Heb. 2:14, 15). The 
first promise of this was given at the fall of man in 
the Garden of Eden, and the promised seed was prophe- 
sied to be the victor (Gen. 3:15). Christ looked upon 
His work on Calvary as effecting His intended eviction 
of Satan from his usurped authority (Jn. 12:23, 24, 27, 
28, 31-33). Satan has the world in his hand only for 
a time (1 Jn. 5:19). Paul prophesied that God will 
shortly bruise Satan under the feet even of the saints 
(Rom. 16:20). One angel shall bound Satan for a thou- 
sand years (Rev. 20:1-3). 

Our forgiveness and subsequent victory over sin and 
Satan through the cross of Christ is outlined in Col. 
2:13-15. We are told that if we are subject unto God, 
we can resist Satan and he will flee from us (Jas. 4:7). 
We are to withstand the Usurper with a sober mind and 
a steadfast faith (1 Pet. 5:8, 9). It is because of Christ's 
blood, the testimony of the tried saint, and a faithful- 
ness even unto death that the arch Deceiver is over- 
come (Rev. 12:9-11). 

Paul said, "I am crucified with Christ" (Gal. 6:14). 
"Our old man was crucified with Him" (Rom. 8:6-8). 
"Sin" (Rom. 7:17), "the body of sin" (Rom. 6:6), "flesh" 
(Rom. 8:3) are terms having to do with a sinful nature. 
A fleshly mind is hostile to God (Rom. 8:4-8). We are 
told to consider ourselves as dead unto sin (Rom. 6:11), 
and as serviceable unto God (v. 13). We are admonished 
not to love the worldly world (1 Jn. 2:15) with its sin- 
ful pleasures, possessions, and positions (1 Jn. 2:16) 
because God has something so much better for us (v. 
17). To yield to worldly appetites, avarice and ambitions 
is to be the enemy of God (Jas. 4:4). A true sense of val- 
ues can only be had in the light of Calvary (Heb. 11:25). 

Three crosses stood upon a hill. 

Methinks those crosses stand there still. 

Forever central to God's plan 

1 see on one the Son of Man. 
On one a blustering, dying thief 
Portrays the world's despair and grief. 
And on the third? O Soul, 'tis I 

For whom the Son of God did die. 
I to the world, the world to me. 
Through Christ, forever dead shall be. 

— Elizabeth Moreland. 

Extra-ordinary afflictions are not always extra- 
ordinary sins, but sometimes they are trials of 
extra-ordinary graces. 



Sunday School Suggestions 

The Sunday School Board of 
The Brethren Church 

by Dick Wmfield 

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HOW'S YOUR SUNDAY SCHOOL PROGRAM? 

1. Is there a special "welcome committee" in your 
Sunday school to make new-comers feel at home? 

2. Does your Sunday school have a regular leadership 
training program ? 

3. Have you ever made a canvass of the neighborhood 
to find prospective Sunday school pupils? 

4. Is your Sunday school systematically following up 
all its absentees ? 

5. What is your Sunday school doing to hold adoles- 
cents ? 

6. Are you using visual aids to help pupils remember 
what they learn through the eye-gate? 

7. Does your curriculum teach the Bible as the Word 
of God and exalt the Lord Jesus Christ? 

8. Do your pupils really worship in Sunday school, 
or are you still holding "opening exercises?" 

9. Does your Sunday school take care of those who 
come early by providing well-planned pre-session activi- 
ties? 

10. Does your Sunday school keep accurate records 
which show the trend of your school ? 

11. Does your Sunday school sponsor a "parent-teacher 
night" to solicit home cooperation? 

12. Is your Sunday school taking advantage of the 
opportunity for growth offered through the Cradle Roll 
and Home Departments ? 

13. Is the equipment in your Sunday school graded 
for the comfort of all pupils ? 

14. Does your school have regular, well-planned, and 
effectively-conducted worker's conferences that help 
workers solve problems? 

15. Are opportunities given in your school for pupils 
to accept Jesus Christ as Savior? 

16. Does your Sunday school sponsor an attendance 
contest to promote growth ? 

17. Do you have a definite program of visitation to 
enlist new members? 

18. Are your Sunday school pupils encouraged to at- 
tend other services of the church ? 

19. Does your Sunday school provide week-day ac- 
tivities for its pupils ? 

20. Is your school doing all it can to provide for de- 
partmental worship services? 

21. Do you have a Sunday school library with books 
to help your workers to be more effective in their duties? 

22. Do you conduct an installation service to challenge 
workers with the importance and privilege of their work? 

23. Does every worker in your Sunday school know 
what is expected of him because of a definite standard 
you have set up for your workers ? 

(from Scripture Press) 



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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



NEWS 

from the 

BRETHREN 

SARASOTA, FLORIDA. Brother 
H. D. Hamel writes: "We had a 
record high attendance on January 
29th of 257 in the morning worship 
service. The average morning worship 
attendance for January was 232 com- 
pared with 161 last January. 

"On January 22nd, we baptized six 
more into the membership of our 
church." 

WASHINGTON, D. C. The Wash- 
ington bulletin notes that the church 
has accomplished another goal — that 
of getting a deed to a parsonage. This 
is another great step forward for 
the Brethren in the nation's capital. 

SMITHVILLE, OHIO. An Ashland 
College gospel team was scheduled 
for services in the Smithville church 
the evening of February 12tli. 

ASHLAND, OHIO (GARBER). 
Doran and Nancy Hostetler, teachers 
at the Riverside Christian Training 
School, Lost Creek, Kentucky, were 
scheduled to speak and show slides 
of their work, in the Garber church 
on February 12th. 

CANTON, OHIO (TRINITY). 
Brother Robert L. Keplinger notes 
the reception of six new members re- 
cently. 

MUNCIE, INDIANA. The W. M. 
S. public service was scheduled for 
February 5th. 

MEXICO, INDIANA. Brother Floyd 
Sibert notes that the new organ in 
their church was the gift of Mr. and 
Mrs. Harold Donaldson, and not as 
previously reported in the Evangelist. 

Brother Sibert notes also that "Sev- 
en people presented themselves for 
membership in the church. Four 
came by confession and three by let- 
ter." Baptismal services were sched- 
uled for February 5th. 

Brother Sibert conducted "A 
Thought for the Day" over the Peru 
radio station each morning the week 
of January 22nd. 

AKRON, INDIANA (COOPERA- 
TIVE). Congratulations are in order 
for Brother and Sister Horace Huse 
upon the arrival of Barbara Jean 
Huse on February 2nd. The new girl 
weighed 6 lb., 4 oz., at birth. 

NAPPANEE, INDIANA. Brother 
Virgil Ingraham reports the baptism 



and reception of four new members 
on January 22nd. 

The Nappanee bulletin announces 
that for the fourth quarter, 1960, 166 
had perfect Sunday school attend- 
ance. The Nappanee Sunday school is 
now using the "Cross and Crown" 
program of perfect attendance awards. 

Noted also in the Nappanee bulle- 
tin was a special "All-Youth Com- 
munion" planned by the Senior B.Y.C. 
Thirteen boys and thirteen girls, with 
six adults (minister and deacons) 
were in attendance. 



COMING EVENTS 

JOHNSTOWN, PENNA. (THIRD). 

Weekend Bible Conference, Mar. 3-5. 
Rev. Spencer Gentle, Speaker; Rev. 
William H. Anderson, Pastor. 

HUNTINGTON, INDIANA. Reviv- 
al Meetings, Mar. 6-19. Rev. Herbert 
Gilmer, Evangelist; Dr. Claud Stude- 
baker, Pastor. 



BRYAN, OHIO. Revival Meetings, 
Mar. 5-17. Rev. Clarence A. Stogsdill, 
Evangelist; Rev. Smith F. Rose, Pas- 
tor. 

DAYTON, OHIO. Bible Lectures, 
Mar. 6-15. Rev. Harold E. Bamett, 
Speaker; Rev. Percy C. Miller, Pastor. 

ROANN, INDIANA. Revival meet- 
ings, Feb. 20-Mar. 3. Rev. W. E. 
Thomas, Evangelist; Rev. Herbert 
Gilmer, Pastor. 



NORTHERN INDIANA 
DISTRICT LAYMEN 

The 96th meeting will be held 
in the South Bend church, 
March 6th. 

Send supper reservations by 
March 1st to: 

Lewlyn Swintz, 
923 Logan St., 
South Bend, Ind. 
George Kerlin, Sec'y. 



ANNUAL BRETHREN PASTOR'S CONFERENCE 
ON FAITH AND ORDER 

Ashland, Ohio 

April 11-13, 1961 

Tuesday noon through Thursday noon 

Theme: "Venturing With Christ in 

Brethren Advancement" 

Sessions designed to help the pastor in his all-important 
work in the local parish, the denomination and the great 
outreach program of the Great Commission as given by our 
Lord. Watch coming issues of the Evangelist for further 
information about this outstanding pastor's conference. 






FEBRUARY 18, 1961 




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CURTISES TO NORTH LIBERTY 




THE REVEREND and Mrs. William Curtis, with their 
daughter, Debbie, left Ashland, Ohio, on February 
3, to make their home in North Liberty, Indiana, where 
Reverend Curtis has become pastor of the Brethren 
Church. 

The Curtises returned from the Spanish Language 
School in Costa Rica after completing two terms of work. 
Because of some difficulties with the language and with 
personal adjustments, they did not remain for the third 
and final term; consequently they will not be going to 
Argentina, according to the present schedule. 

Both Bill and Fran are open to the leading of the 
Holy Spirit as far as the future is concerned. The rich 
experiences of pastoral work will contribute much to 
their lives. They, in turn, will serve the church and min- 
ister unto the spiritual needs of the people in their local 
community. 



OFF THE RECORDS AT LEVITTOWN 

The year of 1960 has been a blessed one for us at 
Levittown with a great victory in Christ for the building 
of His Kingdom here. Looking back over the records 
we find that our lowest attendance was on the 3rd of 
January, 1960 with only 24 present. Our largest at- 
tendance was on December 18 with 142 present. Our 
average attendance for the last quarter of 1960 was 111 
as compared to 46 for the same period of 1959. Our av- 



PAGE SEVENTEEN 

erage attendance for the entire year of 1960 was 75 
compared with an average of 42 for the entire year of 
1959. Yes, the Lord has added daily to His church here 
at Levittown and showered us with His blessings. 

We at Levittown would like to express again our 
many thanks to our friends and Brethren in Christ for 
your many words and deeds of encouragement and kind- 
ness and for your fervent and continued prayer in our 
behalf. "For as we have many members in one body, and 
all members have not the same office; So we, being many, 
are one body in Christ, and every one members one of 
another." (Rom. 12:4-5) 

The Sunday School at Levittown has set aside the last 
Sunday of each quarter as "Building Fund Sunday" with 
the first such offerings to be brought on Christmas Day. 
Was this venture a success? YES, we feel that it was 
a big success with the boys and girls of the Sunday 
School bringing in $130.00 toward the building of a Sun- 
day School here in Levittown. Yes, even the boys and 
girls are hard at work for the Master. "Train up a 
child in the way he should go and when he is old, he 
will not depart from it." (Prov. 22:6) 

Mrs. Charles Clague. 



ELKHART, INDIANA 

It has been our privilege to serve Christ and the Elk- 
hart church for three years. The work here has been 
very interesting, challenging and varied; the Lord's hand 
has guided. 

This church supports the Bylers in Argentina. Recently 
a miscellaneous shower was sponsored for them; this 
supplied many things which were needed because most 
of their belongings are in Argentina. The Bylers spoke 
twice in our church. 

Mr. and Mrs. William Fasig gave a wonderful concert 
on our organ. Two new Leslie organ speakers had just 
been installed. They surely improved our organ. The 
service was well attended. 

The Krafts likewise were given a miscellaneous shower, 
because most of their things are in Nigeria. They held 
two services in our church. 

Blargaret Lowery gave a splendid report and showed 
pictures of Krypton, Kentucky. It was a real privilege 
to have her as a guest at the parsonage. 

The new parsonage is very lovely. Its cost of nearly 
forty thousand dollars has been paid off in less than 
two years. That is quite an accomplishment. The Elkhart 
people deserve commendation for this. 

We have a new motto for our church suggested by 
one of our choir members, "Lord send our church new 
life, and let it begin in me." If all of us pray that prayer 
and then put some corresponding action with it, what 
a blessing will be showered upon us! 

In the last month, fifteen new members have been re- 
ceived at the regular services of the church, fourteen 
by baptism, and one by letter. May Jesus Christ be 
praised! 

We are so happy that Charles Munson of Ashland 
Seminary will be with us for revival services beginning 
April 3, through the 9th. The Lord, we feel, will bless 
us through our Brother Munson. 

On January 15, we started a church-time for children, 
directed by Mrs. Bowman assisted by Mr. and Mrs. 



PAGE EIGHTEEN 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



Harley Green and Mrs. and Mrs. Richard Wood. This is 
a worship service patterned after the adult service but 
geared to the needs and desires of the children. There 
were 58 present the first Sunday. Since the most valuable 
thing in all the world is a child's immortal soul, it is 
important how we mould and shape the lives of our 
children. What we put into the first of life, we put into 
all of life, so let us start them in God's way early and 
pray for His guidance and protection through the years. 

"A teacher builded a temple 
With loving and infinite care; 

Planning each arch with patience 
Laying each stone with prayer. 

None praised his unceasing efforts 
None knew of his wondrous plan, 

For the temple the teacher builded 
Was unseen by the eyes of man." 

J. Milton Bowman, Pastor. 



NORTH LIBERTY, INDIANA 

We of the First Brethren Church here in North Liberty 
feel very fortunate that Rev. William Curtis is coming 
soon to be our pastor. He and his family hope to move 
into the parsonage on February 1st. 

At the present time we are putting new floors in the 
parsonage and redecorating it. As soon as all is in, he 
and his family are ready to move in. However he will be 
here each Sunday to take charge of the worship service. 

We had five and one-half wonderful years under the 
leadership of Rev. Wm. E. Thomas and his wife. They 
have gone now to the Loree church and we pray God's 
richest blessings on them and their church in the years 
ahead. 

Rev. Thomas preached his last sermon here on De- 
cember 5th. During the time we were without a pastor 
we were very ably cared for by Rev. Hays Logan of 
the Teegarden church. He brought us our morning mes- 
sages, visited our sick and helped in any way he could. 
Our thanks to him for his wonderful sermons and to 
his church for sharing him with us. It is wonderful when 
God's people work together and share together. 

We feel sure that the year ahead holds great blessings 
for our church under the leadership of Rev. Curtis. Pray 
that we may work together as one people with one pur- 
pose in view — the upholding of God's kingdom on this 
earth. 

Mrs. Edna Schrader, 
Cor. Sec'y. 



MAURERTOWN, VIRGINIA 

During last September it was the pastor's privilege 
to hold a week of services at the Liberty Brethren 
Church near Quicksburg, Va., also one week of services 
at the St. Luke Brethren Church near Woodstock, Va. 
Both of these churches are pastored by Fels Lamb who 
preaches one Sunday a month at each church. 

Our own Evangelistic services were held the last two 
weeks of October with Rev. William H. Anderson, pastor 



of the Third Brethren Church in Johnstown, Pa., as the 
guest speaker. The church was spiritually strengthened 
by Rev. Anderson's helpful and challenging messages. 
Two adults united with the church and four others came 
forward to reconsecrate their lives to the Lord during 
the meetings. Brother Anderson also gave an object les- 
son each night for the children, which they appreciated. 

The parking lot at the church was completed last fall 
which provides ample parking for our growing Sunday 
School and church. The interior of the church was also 
redecorated last fall which adds greatly to the worship- 
ful atmosphere of the congregation. 

In spite of an unusually snowy and cold January our 
Sunday School average attendance increased seven over 
one year ago. This same increase and interest is evident 
in our morning worship services. There is still much to 
do and we covet your prayers and interest here as we 
also remember all of our churches in prayer. 

We urge the Brethren everywhere to support the De- 
nomination and your Publishing Company in the new 
venture of Unified Publications. 

Venturing With Christ, 
Robert L. Hoffman, pastor. 



LOUISVILLE BRETHREN 

It was a delight to have had Rev. Smith Rose as our 
Evangelist this past fall. It was also a time of rich ex- 
perience for the Pastor. Such joint efforts gives to both 
the Pastor and Evangelist the opportunity to share to- 
gether the various methods used in the work of the 
Church. 

Rev. Smith Rose was true to the Word presenting ser- 
mons from two different Epistles during his two weeks 
stay with our congregation. The meetings were very 
helpful to Christians and challenging to the few unsaved 
who attended the services. Many enjoyed speaking to 
him about the Scriptures and to get his understanding 
of the Word. 

It was a busy time of the year with many school ac- 
tivities as well as community interests. But the people 
were faithful. The revival was different than many con- 
ducted here in the past. We did not have any contests, 
special nights for Sunday School Classes and organiza- 
tions. Each night was to be a special night for every 
member. 

The only appeal made was the love of the people for 
God's Word and the salvation of men. Gospel singing 
was emphasized and the congregational singing was led 
by different members of the church. The special music 
also came from our own congregation with the exception 
of one night. 

In other words, we appealed to the people to be faith- 
ful for the sake of the Gospel. The attendance was not 
quite as large as last year. But we believe the people who 
came, attended out of a deep appreciation of the Gospel 
of Christ. The good that was accomplished only time will 
tell. One of our Sunday school pupils made her confes- 
sion of Christ. 

Our Sunday school attendance was down some dur- 
ing October and November but in December we reached 
a new high with an average of 209 in Sunday school 
and 217 in the morning worship hour. 



I 



FEBRUARY 18, 1961 

There were special features during December at the 
evening hour. On the 4th, the community presented the 
"Messiah" at the High School to a packed house. On the 
11th, the Adult Choir sang the cantata, "An Unending 
Song." On the 18th, the youth presented the play, "The 
Highest Gift". 

On Christmas day, missionary Robert Bischof preached 
lat 10:30 and showed pictures on Christmas night. The 
imorning attendance reached a new high of 245. 

January, the weather had affected our attendance when 
on the 1st we reached a low of 136. On the 2nd and 3rd 
Sunday we averaged 201. 

Our spring program, leading up to Easter, will chal- 
lenge our people to a new faithfulness for Christ. On 
January 30 and 31st, Rev. Spencer Gentle was with 
us and challenged our people in appealing to the entire 
church in giving and visiting. 

The World's Day of Prayer will be held in our Church 
on the 17th of February. Two childrens classes will be 
conducted with six class sessions before Easter and five 
following Easter. Our 3rd Teacher Training Course of 
12 weeks will be given by Mrs. M. F. Henkel, of Malone 
College. This course will be on the New Testament and 
will be held on Monday Evenings. 

Our people are enjoying the facilities our new educa- 
tional building affords. We wonder now how we got along 
without the new class rooms. 

Our three youth groups are averaging close to 50 
each Sunday evening at 6:30. The evening attendance 
and Prayer Meeting has room for considerable improve- 
ment and we are making some effort to enlist more of 
our people at these two services. We plan soon to pre- 
sent a study of the manual, "Our Faith", at the mid-week 
service. 

Pray for the work here, that we may meet the chal- 
lenge of the present. Pray also for the program of 
Evangelism as presented by the Evangelistic Committee 
of the Central Planning and Co-ordinating Board. 

L. V. King, pastor. 



LOUISVILLE MEETING 

It was my privilege to minister in a revival meeting 
with the Louisville, Ohio, Brethren and their faithful 
pastor, L. V. King, during the last two weeks of October. 
Our emphasis was upon the study of the scriptures in 



PAGE NINETEEN 

consecutive order concentrating upon the Epistle to the 
Galatians and Peter's First Epistle. 

I appreciated the interest in the study of the Word 
from night to night, the faithfulness of those in charge 
of the music and the opportunity to enjoy the hospitality 
of so many homes in the congregation. Many times the 
scriptures were a main topic of conversation. This was 
as it should be. 

One cannot help but be impressed with the opportunity 
for growth in this congregation. Their new educational 
unit is well arranged and their Sunday School is active 
and well staffed with consecrated workers. With the 
continued movement of population into the area sur- 
rounding the Louisville community as well as into the 
community itself many prospects are brought where they 
may be reached by the workers of the church. Brother 
King is a consistent pastor and has kept close touch with 
his field of service. 

It was a blessed experience to be with the Louisville 
congregation during this revival effort. It was like a 
refresher course in seminary to go calling with Brother 
King in the many homes contacted during the revival 
meeting. It is my hope and prayer that the spiritual 
growth of the congregation and of its individual members 
may continue in the days to come that they may meet 
the challenge which continues to present itself in the 
community they serve. 

Smith F. Rose. 



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BURNS. Ruth Garber Burns, 67, passed away un- 
expectedly in her sleep on January 13th. Lifelong resi- 
dent of Ashland, daughter of A. L. and Mary Etta Gar- 
ber. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Elton (Margery) 
Whitted and Mrs. Lenny (Frances) Seaman and one sis- 
ter, Mrs. B. F. Zercher, Jr., all of Ashland. Preceded in 
death by her parents, her husband, one infant son and 
two brothers, Ora M. and Justin M. Member of First 
Brethren Church, Ashland, for 59 years and financial 
secretary of W. M. S. Group I. Funeral services by the 
pastor. Burial in Ashland Cemetery. 

Phil Lersch, Pastor. 



PRAY, 

EACH DAY, 
FOR YOUR MISSIONARIES 



PAGE TWENTY 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



J^e Brethren Lawman 




The 
Laymen's 
Meeting 

James E. Norris 



Program for March 1961 
Rodger H. Geaslen, Guest Editor 

Hagerstown, Md. 

Topic: "Weak Christians! What Is The Cause?" 

Hymn: More Like the Master 

Scripture: II Timothy 3:16-17; I Peter 2:2; Mark 8:38. 

Leader's Talk: After having traveled this far through 
our church year, surely everyone must have caught some 
vision of our theme for the year: "Venturing With 
Christ." After having seen this theme displayed on all 
types of denominational literature as well as in local 
church programming, Brethren must surely be aware 
of this challenge. "Venturing With Christ" can only be 
as real to us as we are willing to plunge ourselves into 
the venture. If ours would be a lasting, worthwhile ex- 
perience, we must put our all into this venturing. Weak 
Christians become so because they are willing only to in- 
vest a meager part of themselves in His work. Let us 
investigate a few areas in which professing Christians 
neglect their calling: 

1. Neglect of Bible Study: Our first scripture reference 
plainly reveals that the Gospel writers did not come by 
their ability at writing in any haphazard fashion but 
were inspired of God — men through whom God worked 
to record events as they witnessed them. Surely if God 
inspired these men to write as they have, it follows that 
all proposing Christians should make the reading of 
these God-inspired pages a daily habit. When we neglect 
this "Venturing With the Word" we weaken our Chris- 
tian position. 

2. Lack of Prayer: Failure to exercise our prayer life 
is another reason for Christian weakness. When we ne- 
glect our praying we cease trusting God's leadership. 
The story is told of an evangelist in a drought-parched 
mid-western city who announced a mass meeting would 
be held in a field on the edge of the city at which time 
prayer would be made for much-needed rain. At the 



designated time on a hot, dry Sunday afternoon, a mul- 
titude of the town's people gathered in the announced 
field for the prayer service. The evangelist's opening re- 
marks were these: "It looks like there isn't one person 
who trusts God to grant an answer to our prayers this 
afternoon. I don't see a single umbrella!" How can one 
have a close walk with God if he isn't on speaking terms 
with Him ? 

3. No Public Testimony: Here is an area sadly ne- 
glected by many Christians. "Sure I attend Sunday School 
and Church most every Sunday; sure I support the 
church's program; sure I give of my finances as I am 
able; sure I use my talents for the Lord, but testimony 
...well I just can't sell somebody else my religion." 
Sound familiar? Why can't one tell others of God's good- 
ness to him ? Do the men you work with know your 
stand in relation to the evils of today? Do your neigh- 
bors and friends know you are a devout Christian? 

4. Careless Living: Does your manner of living reveal 
to others you know Christ as Savior? Have you become 
careless about observing Sunday as a day of rest and 
religious observance ? Are you tempted to take that well- 
known attitude: "Oh well, everyone's doing it"? Does 
your manner of living reveal certain restraining practices 
that denote a life accustomed to living within accepted 
bounds of Christian society? 

5. Lack of Firm Stand: In our Sunday School classes, 
our Layman discussions or any everyday experiences, 
do we take a middle-of-the-road position on such issues 
as "social" drinking, smoking, petty gambling (baseball 
pools, sporting bets), "white" lies, etc? The plain-spoken 
position you take on an issue may be just the bit of 
encouragement someone needs to help make up his mind 
to join the crusading minority which in due time can 
emerge to be the accepted majority. 

What other areas do Christians neglect that the mem- 
bers of your group may think of? 

Hymn: 'Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus 

Prayer: Sentence prayers with the leader closing. 



ATTENTION, MEN! 
"Letters to the Editor" 

column 

coming soon — IF 

you men in the churches will write me your 

QUESTIONS. . .ANSWERS. . .VIEWS 
on Laymen issues. 

Make them in good taste, type them (if possible), 
and send them to: 

Floyd S. Benshoff, 
148 Wilson St., 
Johnstown, Pennsylvania 



FEBRUARY 18, 1961 



PAGE TWENTY-ONE 



UNIFIED PUBLICATIONS 



H. D. Hunter, Pasf President, NLO 



As I PEN THESE LINES we are almost ready to 
change leadership in government. What are you 
expecting ? Perhaps that should be our subject 
matter today. At your reading this, we will have had 
a few more weeks of our new "UNIFIED PUBLICA- 
TIONS". What are you expecting? In fact I have already 
been asked how I liked it on a couple of servings. 

I recall the out-going president remarked in one of 
his last speeches that the problems of government did 
not end on special days as did their office, but new 
challenges arose every day. How true that could be with 
our new venture. I have long been an advocate of such 
a move and as such hope to be resigned to a steady 
growth in denominational accomplishments. To expect 
a great explosion of interest, a boom in membership, a 
surplus in all treasuries and be ready to throw in the 
sponge if such were not the case would be sheer folly 
and political narrowness. 

Some time ago one of our civic groups had as its 
speaker a missionary that had been forced out of the 
Congo. Surely all are aware of the serious condition there, 
and, as he put it, the people expected such a great change 
when they got their freedom that they were displeased 
among themselves when the first day of freedom was so 
much like the day before. We are aware of the political 
pressures but wouldn't they, have had a better way to 
work out their problems than they did before ? They had 
more and different problems under freedom. I assume 
we shall experience the same thing. As you read this, 
many pi-oblems will come to light unthought of today 
and some solved that today confront us. The transition 
period will not be concluded or solved on a given day 
or termination of subscription. 

A whole new field of opportunity is opened up before 
us. To calculate its possibilities with any degree of 
certainty is beyond our abilities. It is not always the 
easiest thing to be positive-minded, but a firm convic- 



tion that we shall make the most of the opportunities 
offered will pay dividends. 

In the various issues will be contrasted different ave- 
nues of procedure and technique of each of the auxiliaries. 
This in itself can be very helpful. Who could deny that 
the old country school didn't hold some advantages along 
this line ? Sometimes a collection of filler material makes 
out a rounded magazine with no meat for a program, al- 
though within itself it is very good material. 

One might liken this move in publications unto a 
family of four, each having a car. They had predeter- 
mined to go a certain place and each drove his own car 
(and they do) instead of all going together. Wouldn't 
there be an advantage to the group traveling together ? 
Wouldn't their conversation enroute be a very wholesome 
feature ? Anyone reading their own particular part of 
the Evangelist would more likely to become informed 
about the other auxiliaries of the church when it was 
at his finger tips rather than hunting up another maga- 
zine. I think the impact of this one feature is a very 
strong cord to bind us together. Yet it really costs less. 

Of course the delay of equipment was very disap- 
pointing to the publishers and as a member of that 
board we acted in good faith and took the word of the 
suppliers that all would be in readiness. I am inclined 
to take stock in the old sage's statement, "You can't be- 
lieve anything you hear and only half of what you see." 
Some times the reverse is in order. 

For several years the N. L. O. has talked "UNIFIED 
PUBLICATIONS", and has been a constant promoter. 
I hope they shall have no occasion to regret it. Though 
at times our ideas seem to be out of bounds, once we 
get into the swing of things it really goes better than 
it did before. 

I am sure this will be one of our great moves in "VEN- 
TURING WITH CHRIST" this year. Let us give it our 
best. 

Shipshewana, Indiana. 



Give Liberal Support to the 



Benevolent Offering this month 



PAGE TWENTY-TWO 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



Brethren Youth 



SUMMER 



How About You? How About 
You Anyway? . . .Do You 

1. Like Children? 

2. Like Travel ? ? 

3. Like Leadership ? ? ? 

4. Like Experience ? ? ? ? 

We have just the thing for you. . . 
in SUMMER CRUSADING. You can 

1. Be a Counsellor! 

2. Be a Helper!! 

3. Be a Teacher!!! 

but above all 

4. Be a Worker for Christ!!!! 

What is Crusading, you say? Oh, 
I can tell you all about that. Sum- 
mer Crusading is sponsored by Na- 
tional Brethren Youth as one of its 
services to the church and to all 
youth. All Crusading is done during 
the summer vacation and a term may 
be for one week or the entire sum- 
mer. 

But what does a Crusader do, did 
you say? Well, many of them serve 
as teachers and assistants in Daily 
Vacation Bible Schools in various 
Brethren Churches who need help. 
Others do manual labor at home mis- 
sion points or new churches. One 
team worked in an orphanage, while 
another Crusader helped in a big city 
Community House. . .What was that? 
Yes, there are many opportunities for 
sendee in the Crusading program. 

. . .Of course, I'll tell you who can 
be a Crusader. Any high school junior 
or senior is eligible for service besides 
those who have graduated from high 
school. This means that if you will 
be a junior in the fall of '61, you can 
be a Crusader this summer. 



Now there are several things you 
must do to become a Crusader. First 
of all, you must obtain an application 
blank from the National Youth Of- 
fice, fill it out and then return that 
form to us. After due consideration of 
your application and references, a de- 
cision is made by us. If you are ac- 
cepted, you must attend a Training 
Workshop probably early in May. . , 
Speak up, I didn't hear you!... Oh, 
yes, it is important to be well pre- 
pared for this work. You will be work- 
ing with God's children — young and 
old alike. Therefore, we see that you 
are given good training. But natural- 
ly you have to study and work also 
before you go to your assignment. 

. . .What did I mean about "assign- 
ment?" That is the church or other 
place of service to which you are 
sent for a specified length of time. 
Of course, you may be sent several 
places if you can serve most of the 
summer. You do not get your assign- 
ments until you attend the Work- 
shop. At that time you learn where 
you will go, what you will do and 
with whom you will be working. 

The National Board of Brethren 
Youth provides your transportation 
to and from the Workshop and to all 
assignments and back. While you are 
on an assignment, the people there 
furnish your room and board. Because 
of the great expense involved in 
transporting the Crusaders, we urge 
a generous May offering and an of- 
fering from the church who asks for 
a Crusader team. Perhaps the Cru- 
sader's own home church would like 
to share in the enriching experience 
by giving to transport their young 



person to his field of service. The 
home church of each Crusader who 
goes out should be proud of his work 
in the summer program and wish to 
share in it. Who knows ? Maybe in 
the near future that Ci'usader will be 
entering the ministry, mission fields 
or full-time service for his Lord and 
his church. 

. . .You say you have heard about 
some scholarship in Crusading? That 
is correct. For each week of service 
Brethren Youth awards $15 toward 
your tuition at Ashland College. 

Summer Crusading is well estab- 
lished. For twelve years Crusaders 
have given their summers in the 
Lord's service. If you decide to be- 
come a Crusader, you will be joining 
forces with some 85 others who have 
already served. These Crusaders have 
worked in our churches from one 
coast to the other. Many of them are 
now in the ministry, on the mission 
field or engaged in some full-time 
service. 

... I don't know. Perhaps you would 
know some of last year's Crusaders. 
Would you like to have their names? 
...All right. Kay Albright, Sharon 
Berkshire, Connie Brower, Joyce By- 
ler, Jim Fields, Penelope Fisher, Don- 
na Livingston, Linda Logan, Karen 
Mahoney, Mary Anne Moog, Alice 
Oburn, Sally Ritchey, Martha Rose, 
Phyllis Smith and Lois Staley were 
the 1960 Summer Crusaders. They 
worked at College Corner, Indiana; 
Muncie, Indiana; Gretna, Ohio; Levit- 
tovra, Pennsylvania; Lost Creek, Ken- 
tucky; Krypton, Kentucky and Cum- 
berland, Maryland. That made a 



BE A SUMMER CRUSADER 
IN 1961! 



FEBRUARY 18, 1961 



PAGE TWENTY-THREE 



grand total of 15 personnel and 7 
churches or mission areas. 

Besides these, there was a special 
team of Riverside Crusaders. Mr. & 
Mrs. Doran Hostetler, teachers at 
Riverside C. T. School, led three of 
their students — Paralee Huff, Reva 
Williams, Elizabeth Howard — in pro- 
grams concerning the school at Lost 
Creek, Kentucky. This group of five 
visited 12 churches in Pennsylvania 
and the Southeastern District plus at- 
tending the Ohio Conference. 

The greatest benefit, as attested to 
by nearly every Crusader, is their 
own learning rather than what they 
teach. All have found they receive 
much more than they give. Working 
with other Crusaders and adults as 
well as children calls forth many 
enriching experiences. You cannot 
help but be changed after a sum- 
mer's term. Indeed, you grow in the 
grace and knowledge of our Lord. 

. . .Yes, I do have some comments 
from former Crusaders. One Crusader 
reminds us of the importance of this 
work: "I advise anyone who gets the 
chance to go Crusading because what 
you do that summer can last for all 
eternity." 

We are reminded of a person's re- 
sponsibility in another's statement: 
"Of course, with all the advantages, 
there are responsibilities in Crusad- 
ing. You are going to represent 
Christ, so you must with His help, 
live a life that will reflect His image. 
You have a great responsibility to 
the children you teach, for some of 
them may never hear the 'good news' 
unless you tell them." This is a sober- 
ing comment and one to think about 
seriously. 



A third Crusader states: "In going 
from church to church you learn how 
to get along with people from all 
walks of life as the many situations 
confront you. Patience plays a big 
part also as you work with the chil- 
dren. But one of the most important 
things to me was to be able to tell 
those little children the wonderful 
story of Christ! Last, and most im- 
portant, you are giving of your time 
to further the Lord's woi'k. And why 
shouldn't you ? Christ stands in his- 
tory as the Gi-eat Giver. He has giv- 
en us so much more than we can 
ever give Him! So why not give 
serious thought to this matter and 
plan to give the Lord some of your 
time this summer?" 

...What was that?... Yes, it is a 
good idea to give some serious thought 
to what you are going to do with your 
summer. Are you going to use it for 
your own pleasure or are you going 
to dedicate it to the Lord ? Remem- 
ber, that when you take on the great 
privilege of telling others about Him, 
you do not give up the fun of life. 
What could be more thrilling than to 
work with His children — teaching the 
little ones or working side by side 
with the elders of the church on some 
project ? Crusaders are some of the 
jolliest people I know. You see, I was 
a Crusader once myself. And believe 
me, there are many moments of 
laughter along with the serious times. 
Being able to laugh at yourself and 
with others is a valuable tool when 
working with people. It is a great 
asset in Crusading. 

Through your entire experience you 
will grow closer to God, your faith 




will be strengthened, and your con- 
cern will grow for others. Our great- 
est tool, of course, is the Word of 
God. The poet puts it this way: 

Last eve I passed beside a black- 
smith's door. 
And heard the anvil ring the ves- 
per chime; 
Then looking in, I saw upon the floor 
Old hammers, worn with beating 
years of time. 

"How many anvils have you had," 
said I, 
"To wear and batter all these ham- 
mers so?" 
"Just one," said he, and then, with 
twinkling eye, 
"The anvil wears the hammers out, 
you know." 

And so, thought I, an anvil of God's 
Word, 
For ages skeptic blows have beat 
upon; 
Yet, though the noise of falling blows 
was heard. 
The anvil is unharmed — the ham- 
mers gone. 

We urge you to consider Summer 
Crusading as your work in 1961 ! Ven- 
turing With Christ is our theme and 
goal this year. The old saying goes: 
"Nothing ventured, nothing gained." 
How true that is in the Lord's array! 



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NEXT WEEK'S EVANGELIST: 

Your patience is about to be rewarded, for it is 
planned that next week's issue of the Evangelist 
will be the first in the new dress. As you know, 
since the first of this year, we have been publish- 
ing the unified magazine with 24 pages each week, 
altering the old dress to fit the new size. 

But now, the new press is in readiness, and so 
we are ready to bring you your church paper in 
its brand new two-color dress next week. We ask 
your patience if the paper is a little late; we will 
do our very best to get it mailed on the regular 
day, but it may be a day or two late. Soon, we 
will be on regular schedule. 

BE SURE TO READ, "That You May Know", 
by Publishing Company President, Mr. A. Glenn 
Carpenter. It appears on page eight this week. Im- 
portant! 



THE ELOQUENT ENVELOPE... 

Irrespective of its size or contents the Chris- 
tian's offering envelope which contains the scrip- 
tural tithe, has no equal in size or eloquence. It 
speaks of four things. . . 

1. MOTIVE— It speaks of obedience to the Word, 
it proffers example and it glorifies God. 

2. MESSAGE— It speaks of belief in God and 
trust in His promise to supply all of the needs of 
the believer. 

3. MIGHT — It speaks of the growing soul, the 
power of co-operative giving and the might of 
missionary endeavor. 

4. MEASURE — It speaks of magnanimity in all 
areas of stewardship, the overflowing cup and the 
poured out blessing of Malachi 3:10. 

No one who has carefully examined this pas- 
sage of scripture has any excuse for not tithing 
the income. God's promises do not ever fail for He 
is God. 



I WONDER ABOUT CHURCH BELLS 

I came along the street today 

And thought I heard the church bells say: 

Be hap-py, be hap-py. 

Be glad all this day. 

Be hap-py, be hap-py, 

O sing all the way! 
And then as I went back to play 
I still could hear those sweet chimes say: 

Act kind-ly, act kind-ly, 

Be friendly and gay. 

Speak gent-ly, speak gent-ly, ■ 

For that is God's way! 

— Arietta Christman Harvey 
In The Christian Advocate 



FEBRUARY 25, 1961 



PAGE THREE 



The Editor's Pulpit 



Vrotestantism-Past, TPresent, Future 



BOUGHT at a great price was 
the free spirit of the Prot- 
estant Church today. The Re- 
formation, an essential part of 
the development of history, 
marked the period of change 
from medieval to modern civili- 
zation. Long in preparation and 
gradual in development, it had 
its beginnings centuries before 
Martin Luther's historic posting 
of his 95 theses on the door of 
the Wittenburg church in 1517. 

In 1184, the Waldenses of 
France, followers of Peter Wal- 
do, renounced Roman Catholi- 
cism, and were condemned by 
the Pope. 

In 1321, William of Occam, 
an English philosopher, attacked 
the authority and temporal 
power of the Pope. 

During the years 1320 to 
1384, the "Morning Star of the 
Reformation", John Wycliffe, 
translated the Bible for common 
use in England. 

John Huss, Czech reformer, 
was burned at the stake in 1415. 
He argued against the many 
existing abuses of the clergy. 

It was in the year 1517 that 
Martin Luther posted his now 
famous 95 theses on the church 
door at Wittenburg. The Refor- 
mation was in full power. 

Ulrich Zwingli, Swiss Prot- 
estant, in 1522 and 1523, set 
forth his doctrines in Zurich. He 
was ultimately killed in a war 
between Protestant and Catho- 
lic cantons in Switzerland. 

In 1536, John Calvin, French 
theologian who experienced 
"sudden conversion" to Protes- 
tantism in 1533, published his 



"Institutes", a Reformation text- 
book. 

John Knox, a Scottish re- 
former, in 1559 and 1560, won 
freedom for Protestantism af- 
ter a two-year struggle in Scot- 
land. Once a Catholic priest, 
Knox joined the Reformation 
under George Wishart. 

The 16th and 17th centuries 
saw the continuation of the 
struggle in Germany, which car- 
ried over into France where the 
Huguenots achieved tolerance of 
their Calvinistic beliefs in 1598, 
and into England where the Act 
of Supremacy, in 1534, created 
the Protestant Church of Eng- 
land. The struggle continued, 
being then found in the Scan- 
dinavian countries. Later, 
America became the arena of 
operation with the landing of 
the Pilgrims in 1620 and the 
founding of Providence, Rhode 
Island, by Roger Williams in 
1636. 

The advancement of the free 
spirit of Protestantism contin- 
ued in many areas, with our in- 
terest now being centered on 
Schwarzenau, Germany, in the 
year 1708, and a man by the 
name of Alexander Mack. Mack's 
establishment of our church, 
the migration to America, the 
progress of our immediate an- 
cestral churches in the eastern 
section of our country, and the 
steady westward migration and 
expansion of our churches 
throughout the land, are a mat- 
ter of record to this day. 

But now, we stand upon the 
threshold of a new era. It is 
the age of church expansion for 
which we, personally, are re- 



sponsible. The past is gone; 
there remains only the present, 
and if the Lord tarries, the im- 
mediate and distant future. 

The maintenance of the free 
spirit of Protestantism rests 
largely on what we as a church 
people do about increasing the 
number of young men who are 
willing to devote their lives to 
the calling of the Christian min- 
istry. God is calling young men 
of our Brethren homes to enter 
into His service. Pastors, par- 
ents and youth leaders must 
learn to value a call which comes 
to a young person from God, 
giving to that youth every en- 
couragement and leadership so 
that he might be channeled in- 
to God's purpose for him instead 
of into other life-work pursuits. 

Brethren young men are be- 
ing called of God for the min- 
istry, but, unfortunately, many 
are not hearing the call, because 
the possibility of such a call has 
not been pointed out to them. 
They have not been trained to 
listen for God's voice. We can 
change all this. One of the ob- 
jectives of our observance of 
Ministerial Recruitment and 
Ashland Theological Seminary 
Sunday on March 12th, is to ex- 
plain the nature of God's minis- 
terial call to our young men. 

Our individual and collective 
efforts in steering qualified and 
called young men into our min- 
istry needs to be a continual 
process if the free spirit of Prot- 
estantism, bought and main- 
tained at so great a price, is to 
have a place in the religious life 
of our nation in the todays and 
tomorrows yet to come. W. S. B. 



PAGE FOUR 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST I 



MISSIONARY DEPARTMENT 



MISSIONARY BOARD OF THE BRETHREN CHURCH 
530 College Ave., Ashland. Ohio. Phone 39582 



Contributing Edit 



FROM THE DISTAFF SIDE 

Reglna Rowsey 



Buenos Aires, Argentina 
January 7, 1961 

Dear Friends: 

Just think! I have begun this new 
year the right way — with a letter off 
to all of you. 

We are so jjleased and grateful to 
have Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Hudson 
here and that they could spend Christ- 
mas and New Year's Eve with us. 
Mrs. Hudson is likely better known 
to most of you as Esther Carlson. 
They are now settled in a little home 
in the suburb of Buenos Aires, called 
La Lucila, just a few stations by 
train beyond Nunez. Darrell is work- 
ing for Firestone and will be sta- 
tioned here a year. 

On New Year's Eve we had our 
usual young people's meeting with 
testimonies of what God had done for 
us and how much He had helped us 
to do last year. All of us agreed that 
we hadn't done enough for Him. 
Later we ate dinner out on our patio 
under a beautiful starry sky. John 
"hooked up" a speaker and played 
hymns. At midnight, along with all 
the fireworks and noisemaking, we 
played chimes. After greeting one 
another, we prayed and went to our 
homes. These impressive moments we 
shall remember for a long time. 

On Monday, tlie children and I will 
go to Cordoba for ten days of Breth- 
ren camp. As for me, I can scarcely 
wait for a good game of volleyball 
and, of course, to meet with the Ar- 
gentine brethren from other churches 
once again. We'll tell you more about 
camp after we've returned. 

Because of the absence of our Nu- 
nez pastor, Ernest Alberti, who is 
ill and needs complete bed rest, it 
will be impossible for John to attend 
camp. Besides directing the church 
services and taking care of the finan- 
cial records, there is still equipment 
to be kept in working condition. Just 
in the past few months, five or six 
transformers have burned up — per- 
haps from the high humidity. This 
is only one of the many problems. 



Mr. Vangioni was here to record 
some messages the other evening. He 
thoroughly enjoyed his trip to the 
States. 

We are looking forward to the 
"New Evangelist"; its arrival is al- 
ways a highlight in our lives. 

For Christmas, Susie received a 
pair of roller skates. Already she 
"walks" everywhere on them. Skipper 



enjoys pedaling the tricycle, while 
Sue hangs on behind. Thanks, many 
times over, Virgil M. for that "trike." 
Skipper received a rubber dump 
truck; John and Regina received a 
"parrilla" (grill) for making "asado" 
(various meats roasted over char- 
coal). We're planning to have "asado" 
when Bylers arrive. 

Regina Rowsey 



Out of the Mailbag 

The Pfal+zgraffs 

We are now in a completely inde- 
pendent nation. Yesterday was Inde- 
pendence Day. We had a busy day 
here at the Leprosarium. The whole 
nation had two holidays with a Sun- 
day in between. We tried to keep ev- 
eryone here too busy to get into 
trouble. 

At 5:00 the rising bell was rung, 
for the special prayer service at the 
church was to be at 5:30. Then at 
8:30 we had the flag raising. It was 
the first time that the Nigerian flag 
went up, and it was a thrill to see 
it. We had some Christian hymns and 
prayer. Then a teacher acted as 
leader asking three times, "Are you 
free?" and all the people answered 
"Hurrah!" Then the flag was raised 
high above our heads. 

It is colored green and white — the 
symbols of peace and fertility. I like 
that. May Nigeria always have peace 
of mind because the fields produce 
plenty and may she have a rich fel- 
lowship within among her various 
tribes as well as without among the 
nations of the world. What a vital 
time we are living in! 

Then we had a big feast for our 
patients. Two cows were killed and 
bags of rice with all the goodies of 
hot pepper, onions, okra and tomatoes 
to go with it. It was a lot of work 
and demanded much energy from the 
women and men who did it. 



All the children marched to Gar- 
kida to greet the chief. The Boys' 
Brigade, Girls' Life Brigade, and 
others marched with drums and sing- 
ing. It was a pretty sight. In the 
evening we showed some movies, com- 
ics, and educational films. I saw even 
a blind man at the movie. Surely he 
saw nothing, but he did enjoy the 
fellowship with the others. 

With drums and singing, we have 
marched into a new era. It is an era 
vibrant with marvelous possibilities 
of thrilling growth or terrible hor- 
ror. Because of what has happened 
in some African countries most of us 
here among the Africans have been 
preparing ourselves mentally and 
spiritually, seeking for a deeper, 
stronger direct communication with 
Him that in the event of a political 
rupture, we will be able to witness 
as He would have us, in spite of pres- 
sure. 

Garkida could not have entered in- 
dependence more quietly than she did. 
But, as with the birth of a child, so 
with a nation, the first neo-natal 
weeks ai'e precarious ones. Do pray 
that Nigeria's various tribes will 
grow into one strong nation. Pray 
that the doors to Christian missions 
will continue to remain open here 
where the Muslim religion is the 
stronger one. Pray that the Nigerian 
Christian will continue to grow in 
Him. Last of all, pray for us that 
what our hands do will be what He 
would have them do; that the words 
our mouths say may be the ones He 
would have us say. 



FEBRUARY 25, 1961 



PAGE FIVE 



MISSIONS — Is a Good Home Remedy 

E. E. Wolfram 



(This was written after reading 
nearly one hundred letters from pas- 
tors who told what Missions had done 
for their churches.) 



MANY A CONGREGATION'S ills 
have been cured with a very 
effective remedy known as Missions. 
It is easy and pleasant to take and is 
good for the old or young, the small 
or the large. 

Once Missions works through the 
system, it not only cures the ills, but 
promotes good health and growth. It 
not only acts as a cure, but also as a 
preventive. It protects a congrega- 
tion from many of the common and 
contagious diseases to which a church 
is constantly exposed. 

This home remedy is easily pre- 
pared. Its ingredients are available 
anywhere. Soul burden, vision, God's 
love, the Spirit of Christ, faith, sin- 
cerity, and consecration with a lib- 
eral measure of generosity can be ob- 
tained at any altar bench or private 
closet. The joy, power, and fellow- 
ship that result are amazing. 

The rewards from the use of this 
remedy of Missions are so great in 
comparison to its cost that no church 
can afford to be without it. The very 
poorest congregation on earth is the 
one that thinks it cannot afford Mis- 
sions. It is like saying that it cannot 
afford to eat. Missions is a part of 
a congregation's Bread of Life. Be- 
cause of this, it is an essential part 
of a church's daily diet. To those who 
use it regularly, it is a food and to 
those who have neglected it, it is a 
needed remedy to make up a serious 
deficiency. It is this very deficiency 
that opens the doors to every evil 
work. Perhaps the congregation that 
thinks it cannot afford Missions is 
not only poor, but also has just not 
yet started to really live. 

This discovery is very old and has 
worked wonders for many centuries in 
many countries. Missions is not just 
a temporary relief, but a real cure. 
It has been known to cure worldli- 
ness, luke-warmness, coveteousness, 
local financial difficulties, faultfind- 
ing, division, independence, self-cen- 
teredness, institutionalism, petty 
fussing, discouragement and excuse- 
making. Often the before-mentioned 
sicknesses were cured with this 



remedy after many other treatments 
had failed. Many a congregation that 
had for years been a "struggling 
work" has been changed into a strong 
growing church by this simple rem- 
edy. It has, in fact, rescued many 
a congregation from financial and 
spiritual bankruptcy, and even from 
death itself. 

The positive effects are so gratify- 
ing that a congregation is usually 
surprised that it did not start sooner 
with this home remedy. The new 
vigor in home evangelism and church 
attendance, the fresh thrill of fellow- 
ship and local church loyalty, and the 
joy of greater giving that this pro- 
duces add up to a unity and spirit- 
uality that can only come from God's 
blessing having been added. Missions 
is a spiritual power of divine healing 
at work in and for the local church 
itself. 

Why did Jesus prescribe Missions 
to His little flock just before He left 



them in the world of pitfalls and 
dangers ? Could it be that as long as 
they kept using this divine prescrip- 
tion they would keep growing and 
stay strong? This godly activity of 
Missions defeats the enemies on the 
outside and lessens the dangers on the 
inside. Whether it be an individual or 
a congregation, as long as it keeps 
tills missionary spirit and practice, it 
prospers and grows. 

Since Missions is such a good home 
remedy, does your congregation need 
more of it? Missions has not lost 
any of its power. It is God's pre- 
scription for His people. It operates 
on the principles of Christ and builds 
a strong church while it reaches the 
lost. Without it, the lost are not 
reached and the church is not strong. 
As a testimony of many pastors 
which represents many years of ex- 
perience, it is a demonstrated fact 
that Missions is a good home remedy. 
(Taken from "World Service") 



SPOTLIGHT 



ONE OF THE newest (and the 
youngest) members of the Mis- 
sionary Board is Donald E. Rowser, 




Donald E. Rowser 



pastor of the Smithville Brethren 
Church. 

Don was born in Johnstown, Penn- 
sylvania, where he received his pub- 
lic school education. At Ashland Col- 
lege and Seminary he earned the 
A.B. and B.D. degrees. Here also he 
found himself a wife, the former 
Charlene Tracy, now editor of the 
"Woman's Outlook." 

During his years in Seminary, 
Brother Rowser became pastor of the 
North Georgetown Brethren Church 
and served in this capacity until some 
time after graduation when he was 
called to the pastorate at Smithville, 
Ohio. He has held his membership 
in Brethren churches at Johnstovm, 
Pennsylvania (Third); Park Street 
Brethren at Ashland; North George- 
town; and Smithville, Ohio. 

He lists among his hobbies paint- 
ing, making chalk drawings, and gar- 
dening. This newcomer on the Board 
is a member of the Nigerian Commit- 
tee. 



PAGE SIX 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



The Woman's Outlook 

Spotlight on the 

First Brethren Church, Mishawaica, Indiana 

Mrs. Lee Dreibelbis, W. M. S. President 



WE PEOPLE of the First Breth- 
ren Church of Mishawaka, In- 
diana, feel we have made splendid 
progress both spiritually and mate- 
rially in the past year. 

Our church was organized in the 
First Brethren Church of South Bend 
on October 20, 1959. Our first Sun- 
day school and worship service was 
held November 8, 1959, in the home 
of Mr. and Mrs. William Meinke, with 
ten members present. The Elkhart 
church sent us one of their men, Mr. 
Walter Lichtenberger, who brought 
us a splendid message. We continued 
holding our services in the various 
homes throughout the month of No- 
vember. Our attendance having 
doubled, we felt the need of more 
room; therefore, the gymnasium of 
the North Side School of Mishawaka 
was rented. This school is in the vi- 
cinity of our building site. Our ser- 
vice of December 13, 1959 was the 
first held in the school with a church 
attendance of twenty-six present. 

Holding the services in the school 
has proven very satisfactory. Our 
plans are to continue meeting there 
until such time as we may be able 
to have our church building. 

The neighboring churches, Elkhart, 
Nappanee, Ardmore, North Liberty, 
Goshen and South Bend, very gra- 
ciously answered our call and sent 
laymen and ministers to deliver the 
messages during the time we were 
without a minister. However, we were 
fortunate in being able to secure Rev. 
C. A. Stewart as our minister. He 
came to us last Easter Sunday and 
has been giving of his services since 
that time. 

We now have twenty-three mem- 
bers with an average attendance of 
about thirty for worship sDrvice. 



The mid-week prayer service, which 
we hold in the homes, has been very 
rewarding and strengthening. All our 
members are very faithful with an 
average of eighteen present. We know 
God is with us. 

Our South Bend church presented 
to us, as a gift, the plot of ground on 
which we are building our church. 
There are no Brethren Churches in 
Mishawaka. Our building site is lo- 
cated near a development of new 
homes. The field is very promising for 
the work of the Lord. Our ground- 
breaking service took place on Oc- 
tober 9, 1960, with seventy-one peo- 
ple present. The presence and interest 
shown by these people gave us great 
encouragement to go forward in the 
building of God's church. 

As we look back over the past year 
we remember that the way has been 
rough in some spots, but we are 
thankful for those rough spots as 
each one has been a reminder to come 
to God for guidance and to wait on 
Him. 

If it is the Lord's will, we shall 
start our building in the very early 
spring, and hope to be worshiping 
in same by mid-summer. Our needs 
will be many even after our build- 
ing is completed; such things as kit- 
chen supplies, chairs and pews, music, 
etc. This is where we women of the 
W. M. S. will have an opportunity to 
get busy and do our bit. 

Our society was formed on March 
9, 1960. We have seven members. 
Even though our group is small we 
have accomplished a great many 
projects. We had a very successful 
rummage sale, and have a box of 
clothing to be taken to Krypton, Ken- 
tucky. Our committee made tiny 
aprons and sent them to our friends 



asking for a penny to be put in the 
pocket for each inch of waist meas- 
urement. Response was liberal. Our 
freewill offerings are very liberal. 
We have a splendid work chairman 
who is constantly coming up with 
some special ideas. 

We have formed a prayer chain. 
An alphabetical system is used in 
making our chain. When we hear of 
someone needing special prayer our 
first letter lady starts the call and 
soon we have all been notified and 
the power of prayer is at work. We 
also have a prayer partner. We have 
chosen as our partner our Missionary 
in South America, Mrs. Kenneth Sol- 
omon. Each member makes special 
mention of her in their prayers daily. 
We also write to her once each month. 

Our society sponsored a Hallowe'en 
Party for the youth of our church 
and children of the neighborhood in 
the vicinity of our new church, hop- 
ing to create a greater interest 
among them. This has proven fruitful 
as these young people are now in our 
Sunday School. We also sent a 
Thanksgiving basket to a worthy 
family which had illness in the home. 
We will be rolling bandages this 
week and preparing to send them 
soon. We are also planning a regular 
scheduled visitation program for our 
shut-ins. 

We are thankful for the W. M. S. 
organization as it opens the way mak- 
ing it possible for us to be mission- 
aries at home and to help on the 
world mission program. 

May God bless all as we go hand 
in hand VENTURING WITH 
CHRIST. 

Prepared by W. M. S. President at 
Mishawaka, Mrs. Lee Dreibelbis. 



JFBBRUARY 25, 1961 

W. M. S. 



News 



INDIANA RALLY 

On October 13, 1960, the Roann 

W. M. S. was hostess to the District 
'Rally which included societies from 
jAkron, College Comer, Huntington, 
[North Manchester, Roann, Roanoke 
I and Center Chapel. There were 98 
I present. 

! Mrs. Herbert Gilmer presided over 
:the morning session. A piano prelude 
by Mrs. Louis Beam and a hymn "The 
Light of the World Is Jesus" opened 
jthe program. The theme for the day 
!was "Light in A Dark World." 
I The Akron society was in charge 
j of the morning devotions. Mrs. Fred 
Holloway read Psalm 27 and led in 
prayer. A special number was pre- 
sented by Mrs. Lester Urshel and 
Mrs. Dale Smith. 

During the business session, Mrs. 
Gilmer introduced the new ministers' 
wives of the district. The minutes of 
the last meeting were read and ac- 
cepted. Each society answered roll 
call with a report of their work for 
the past year. The project offering 
for Pre-Seminary students amounted 
to $127.00. 

Rev. and Mrs. Glenn Grumbling 
sang "In Times Like These." Mem- 
bers of the Roann society presented 
a playlet, "No Sweet Odor", which 
brought out the thought of doing 
without more material things and 
putting more in our project boxes. 
The morning session closed with 
prayer. 

Everyone enjoyed the delicious pot 
luck dinner served at noon in the 
newly-decorated dining room. 

Following the prelude by Mrs. 
Beam the group sang "Let the Lower 
Lights Be Burning", and, "Send The 
Light." Mrs. E. M. Riddle gave the 
afternoon devotions reading from 
John, Matthew and Ephesians. Mrs. 
Berl Brower served as leader and 
gave the announcements. 

Mrs. Max Enyeart gave a reading, 
"St. Peter at The Golden Gate", and 
Mrs. Stanton Leland gave the story 
of "The Woman at The Well", by 
flannelgraph and closed with a poem, 
"The Living Water." 

Mrs. Brower introduced the speak- 
er, Miss Romona Thomas, R.N., a 



missionary to Kenya Colony, Africa. 
She gave a very interesting talk 
stressing the need for more mission- 
aries, especially men. The mission- 
aries need the prayers and help of all 
of us. 



PAGE SEVEN 

Mrs. Brower thanked all those who 
helped with the program, and the 
meeting closed with the W. M. S. 
benediction. 

Mrs. Elmer Dickey, 

Secretary. 



S. M. M. Useful Information 

NATIONAL S. M. M. OFFICERS 

Honorary Patroness — Mrs. E. M. Riddle, Roanoke, Indiana 
Co-Patronesses — Mrs. J. M. Bowman, 1146 Gary Court, Elkhart, Indiana 

Mrs. Robert Keplinger, 1234 23rd Street, N. W., Canton, Ohio 
Assistant Patroness — Mrs. Phillip Lersch, 707 Park St., Ashland, Ohio 
President — Nancy Albright, Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio 
Vice President — Joyce Byler, Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio 
General Secretary — Carol Lynn Porte, 230 College Ave., Ashland, Ohio 
Financial Secretary — Lois Berkshire, Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio 
Treasurer — Shari Linton, Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio 
Literature Secretary — Judith Sainer, Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio 

DISTRICT OFFICERS 
Pennsylvania District 

Patroness — Mrs. Wm. Anderson, 186 Spring St., Johnstown, Pa. 

Assistant Patroness — ^Miss Ida Kimmel, Rt. 1, Berlin, Pa. 

President — Nancy Bowser, Rt. 1, Adrian, Pa. 

Vice President — Linda Rosie, Masontown, Pa. 

Secretary-Treasurer — DeAnn Benshoff, 148 Wilson St., Johnstown, Pa. 

Assistant Secretary-Treasurer — Judy Fisher, Meyersdale, Pa. 

Southeastern District 
President — Linda Logan, Bridgewater, Virginia 
Vice President — Edna Jane Harrison, 3300 Gainesville St. SE., Washington 

20, D. C. 
Secretary-Treasurer — Rebecca Harmon, McGaheysville, Va. 

Mid-West District 
Patroness — Mrs. Robert Holsinger, 2303 Lane, Falls City, Nebraska 
President — Shirley Peck, Falls City, Neb. 
Secretary— Sandra Ambrose, 5212 East 59th St., Kansas City 30, Mo. 

Ohio District 
Patroness — Mrs. W. C. Berkshire, 523 Samaritan Ave., Ashland, Ohio 
Assistant Patroness — Mrs. Marlin McCann, 417 Broad St., Ashland, Ohio 
President — Phyllis Berkshire, 523 Samaritan Ave., Ashland, Ohio 
Vice President — Jayne Drushal, 136 E. University St., Wooster, Ohio 
Secretary-Treasurer — Lola Ankrom, E. Broad St. Ext., Louisville, Ohio 

Indiana District « 

Patroness — Mrs. Clarence Kindley, 308 N, Walnut St., North Manchester, Ind. 
Assistant Patroness — Mrs. Leonard Mauzy, R.R. 1, Warsaw, Ind. 
President — Ann Miller, 1200 Hudson St., Elkhart, Indiana 
Vice President — Diane Gardner, 806 E. Walnut, Nappanee, Indiana 
Secretary — Cynthia Carter, 306 S. Maple St., North Manchester, Indiana 
Treasurer — Pamela Miller, 1200 Hudson St., Elkhart, Indiana 

Central District 
Patroness — Mrs. Duane ShoUy, Cerro Gordo, Illinois 
Assistant Patroness — Mrs. Harold Real, Milledgeville, Illinois 
President — Gleneva Brown, Cedar Falls, Iowa 
Secretary-Treasurer — Beverly Thomas, Cerro Gordo, Illinois 

California District 
Secretary-Treasurer — Lenora Freeman, R. 1, Box 1200, Lathrop, California 

SEND ALL MONEYS for Sisterhood National Dues, Thank Offering 
and our Missionary Project to: Lois Berkshire, Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio. 

ORDER ANY LITERATURE from Judy Sainer, Ashland College, Ash- 
land, Ohio. 

SEND ALL MATERIAL for the Sisterhood Department of the Woman's 
Outlook to Carol Porte, 230 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio. 



PAGE EIGHT 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



The 

Woman's 

Corner 



by 

Helen 

Jordan 



THIS EVENING as I sat resting 
awhile, before I started to pre- 
pare our evening meal, I looked out 
our west window, amazed at the 
beauty of the sunset. One can only 
grasp a small part of God's glory 
at eventide. It is that time of day 
when the great bright eye of the 
descending sun hangs close to the 
earth's distant rim. What a spectac- 
ular color display! It is sunset, the 
time of quiet meditation, calm and 
courage. Deep down within our hearts 
we breathe a prayer of thanks for 
all the beauty and glory God has 
bestowed upon us. Selfishly I found 
myself thanking God for so many of 
my material blessings. 

Right then a thought pierced my 
mind. I recalled the anguished ex- 
clamation of a sorrowful mother. Her 
son had gone wrong. He was in 
trouble with the law. She lamented, 
"How! Oh How! could my boy do 
such a thing? We have worked so 



hard, and tried to give him EVERY- 
THING." We would not be human if 
our hearts did not sorrow for others. 
Would we? 

How often do parents lament now- 
a-days, concerning the failures of 
their children remembering the ma- 
terial blessings they have lavished up- 
on them. Right then I asked myself, 
what is EVERYTHING? More than 
once I have asked myself how my 
foster parents could give me so much, 
when they had so little. As poor, com- 
mon railroad laborers, our income 
was meager and quite inadequate. We 
were fed in winter from stored gar- 
den vegetables and salted-down meat. 
But we were never hungry, nor did 
we feel cause to complain or feel 
abused. I know two things they did 
give me and I thank God humbly for 
them. First, was their continuous love 
and concern for me, and second, but 
no less important, was their sense of 
high standards. Of course they, like 
all parents, made some mistakes, but 
my Mother's love was so strong it 
could cross any barrier and find me 
out. Nor could I falsify the real facts 
as she looked so heart-searchingly in- 
to my eyes for the truth. 

Are parents today so permissive 
because they don't want to be both- 



ered, or because they have no real 
Godly convictions cultivated within 
themselves ? Could that be why the 
"EVERYTHING" a parent gives his 
child today turns out to be "NOTH- 
ING" ? Are children not restrained 
because of the moral character we 
wish to develop or because we have 
developed so little REAL fiber within 
ourselves ? ? 

From my parents I learned that the 
best inheritance is the constraint of 
affection and the imperative of real 
ideals. To be given these things is to 
be given "EVERYTHING". 

Well, so much for my thankful 
meditations. As you too, pause to 
rest awhile, I pray you have as much 
or more for which to be thankful. 
Whenever you give thanks to God, re- 
member not only the material things 
of life but also that which enlarges 
your glorious image of Him. Remem- 
ber this verse by Lew Sorett — 

"God is at the anvil, beating out the 

sun. 
When the molten metal spills, 
At His forge among the hills. 
He has hammered out the glory of 

a day that's done." 

Esther L. Derrer, 

Lanark, Illinois. 



THAT YOU MAY KNOW 

THE NEW PRESS RUNS! Not only that, but everyone says it is an 
excellent job. Our efficient shop foreman, Don Burns, and the ex- 
pert operator, Dwight Wharton, watched every operation of assembly 
with well-trained eyes, and both gentlemen are well satisfied with the 
press. Ere long the new Evangelist, all adorned in new attire, will be ar- 
riving at your home. 

But our job is not done. The press, the paper-cutter, the electrical 
wiring, and other necessary items for operation, must be paid for. While 
all bills are not in, we estimate our entire cost will be $30,000. We now 
have on hand approximately $13,500, leaving $16,500 to be raised. To 
date we have received around $2,000 in Publication Day oiferings. Jan- 
uary was our month of appeal. We do not want to encroach upon other 
special offering months, but we do want to keep you informed. We have 
an obligation we must meet, and we are confident we will meet it. Re- 
member our goal is $8,000 this Conference year, leaving $6,000 yet to be 
realized. 

Many thanks to the churches and individuals who have sent in their 
offerings. There are many more to be heard from. Our prayer is that you 
will pray for this work along with us who are directly associated with 
the work; and that you will give now that the published word may be 
sent out with increased power and accomplishments. 

A. Glenn Carpenter, 
President of the Board. 



FEBRUARY 25, 1961 



PAGE NINE 



The Church's 

NEED 



for 
MINISTERS 



THE GENERAL SHORTAGE OF MINISTERIAL RECRUITS 



Delberfr B. Flora 



/CHURCHMEN are expressing 
^-' new concern over the short- 
age of ministerial recruits, so 
says Christianity Today, a lead- 
ing magazine among evangelical 
and conservative publications. In 
its issue of January 16, 1961, 
the magazine says, "Distress 
deepened with release of figures 
last month (December, 1960) 
showing a five percent dix)p in 
the total enrollment of member 
institutions of the American As- 
sociation of Theological Schools, 
accrediting agency for U. S. and 
Canadian Seminaries." Enroll- 
ment figures for 122 accredited 
or associate member schools of 
the Association are quoted as 
20,032 for the first term of the 



current school year, and 21,088 
a year ago. This decline included 
six seminaries of a very large 
conservative denomination. 

Incidentally it is encouraging 
to note that Ashland Theological 
Seminary experienced an in- 
crease of more than twenty-five 
percent in its enrollment. 

The decrease in recruits as 
noted by Christianity Today ap- 
pears all the more serious when 
viewed in the light of a state- 
ment made by Mr. Hartzell 
Spence, a prominent interna- 
tional journalist and author. Mr. 
Spence says, "Three out of five 
Americans are now members of 
some church or synagogue. Such 
a majority has never before en- 



rolled in religious organizations 
in the United States. Thus there 
is a great need for ministers." 

The Brethren Church needs 
pastors, missionaries, office ex- 
ecutives, secretaries, college 
teachers, and leaders and work- 
ers for the home congregations. 

The Brethren Church has 
hundreds of fine clear-eyed and 
capable young people. 

Brethren pastors. Brethren 
parents, Sunday school workers, 
youth leaders and consecrated 
laymen must give voice to the 
call of Christ for these young 
people to enter His service. 

"Behold, now is the accepted 
time; behold, now is the day of 
salvation." 2 Corinthians 6:2. 



PAGE TEN 



THE BRETHREN EVANGEUST 



From any background — when God 
calls a man to the ministry, it 
becomes to him . . . 



THE HIGH CALL 



by LON WOODRUM' 



HE CAME UP from Tekoa, 
gaunt and uncombed; and 
he burst upon the soft-living 
people of Bethel like a thunder- 
clap. He was a fire from the 
prophetic forge of Judah. His 
face was sun-leathery and his 
hands sandpapery from tending 
fruit trees. He was a man used 
to lonely places, used to listen- 
ing for a message from a higher 
World. 

He was a sheepherder and a 
fig-picker; but countless thou- 
sands of boys would be named 
after him. 

His cry against evil in high 
places is unforgettable. "You 
cows of Bashan!" he cries to 
smug women who leaned on the 
arms of drunken men — while 
children moaned in the streets 
from hunger. Like all true 
prophets, Amos had a social 
message as well as one of per- 
sonal redemption. 

He faced the political priest, 
Amaziah. Amaziah accused him 
of treason, adding, "You 
dreamer ! Be off to Judah . . . play 
the prophet there, but never 
again at Bethel, for it is the 
royal shrine, the national tem- 
ple." (Moffatt). 

Amos' answer lives through 
time. "I was no prophet, neither 
was I a prophet's son . . . And 
the Lord took me as I followed 



the flock, and the Lord said un- 
to me. Go, prophesy to my peo- 
ple" (Amos 7:14, 15). 

That "Go !" has haunted many 
a man since that day. Through 
history men keep saying that 
God "took" them from various 
pursuits and made them min- 
isters of the Word. And this we 
should consider well: the call to 
the ministry is first of all a call 
from God . . . 

A clergyman who served the 
church for many years confided 
to a friend, "I am a minister 
only because my mother wanted 
me to be one. I really wanted to 
be a chemist!" But the people 
to whom he ministered were not 
deceived — they knew his heart 
just wasn't in the ministry. If 
there is anything the Bible de- 
mands of gospel-bearers it is 
that their hearts be in their 
task . . . 

The Bible shows us many pic- 
tures of men anointed of the 
Lord to declare the truth. They 
are men with a vast sense of ur- 
gency: they are Heaven-called, 
Spirit-thrust. They have touched 
Him who hates sin, yet who 
loves all sinners; and they can- 
not rest until reconciliation is 
made between the Creator and 
His creatures. . . 

"The difference in men is a 
difference of fire," said Joseph 



Parker. A fire that does not 
come from simply studying 
homiletics, or reading books on 
how to preach. Such fire must ' 
come from the soul chamber, 
where motives, are made, and 
divine orders are accepted — 
when the solemn charge of God 
is read. 

One thing may be noted in 
the case of Amos, and of Jere- 
miah, of Paul — and in the case 
of most Bible prophets: they all 
got hurt! The call to the minis- 
try is a call to courage ; for it is 
a call to sacrifice and service. 

A minister of the gospel is a 
herald of heaven. Often his 
very presence brings disturb- 
ance to unredeemed men as John 
the Baptist's brought it to Her- 
od. "Adjustment" is a fine word; 
but we are ever in danger of 
using it in a pagan sense. A 
God-called prophet cannot ad- 
just to evil; no more can he ad- 
just his message to it. 

True, the minister is a bearer 
of Good News. But good news 
may be bad news before it is 
good ! It is not good when a doc- 
tor tells you that you have a 
dread disease. But it's good 
news when he announces that 
he can heal you. The Gospel is 
a diagnosis as well as a cure. 

Indeed God's call to the min- 
istry is not a call to any easy 



FEBRUARY 25, 1961 



PAGE ELEVEN 



life, to a circle of smiling friends 
who always delight in the lead- 
er's words. 

Yet it may not be that the 
minister, as an individual, is 
rejected so much as is his 
office. The preacher represents 
the Gospel that got Jesus 
hanged on a cross. He is a sym- 
bol of judgment against the un- 
shriven soul. Men have often 
been more scared of goodness 
than of evil. The man in the pul- 
pit is a constant reminder to un- 
holy men that God's holiness de- 
mands clean hands and a pure 
heart. . . 

The minister has a special as- 
signment from a high Author- 
ity; he must be true to his mis- 
sion. They will tell you that 
Paul's referring to himself as 
the love-slave of Christ is de- 
grading to human dignity. But 
when we turn to the Word which 
the Church claims for its guide- 
book we find that this "Call" of 
God is God's way of producing 
preachers. 

Men considering the ministry 
might well study the lives of 
God's messengers in Scripture. 
Let them look on the fig picker 
facing a false priest, saying, 
"The Lord took me. . .and said 
unto me. Go!" They might 
think on the words the Lord 
gave to Moses when He sent 
him to challenge the Egyptian 
dynasty: "When ye go, ye shall 
not go empty." 

Better still they might see 
those words spoken by the 
greatest Pi'eacher of them all 
when He was sending out His 
ministers to create a new hu- 
manity in the earth, "Go ye in- 
to all the world, and preach the 
gospel to every creature . . . and, 
lo, I am with yOU alway, even 
unto the end of the world." 



BACKGROUND OF THE 



TYPICAL 



MINISTERIAL CANDIDATE 



From Sunday Digest, David C. 
Cook Publishing Co. Used by 
permission. 



J. RICHARD SPANN 



MINISTERS do not spring in- 
to being suddenly and fully 
trained. Every minister, like 
other adults, has grown from 
infancy through youth, gather- 
ing experiences and being sub- 
jected to innumerable influences 
which shape his character. Each 
comes to the ministry with his 
own distinctive background of 
inheritance and training. 

While the life story of every 
person is in a sense unique, it 
is possible to point out certain 
background influences which are 
important in the life of the one 
who is entering the Christian 
ministry. A consideration of 
some of these factors can be 
most beneficial. 

Physical Heritage 
and Temperament 

No one chooses his own fam- 
ily line. His physical equipment 
is a given factor in his life. He 
may be short and stocky, and 
there is nothing he can do to 
change the existing situation. 
However, he can accept the fact 
of his physical characteristics 
and give attention to the culti- 
vation of more important as- 
pects of personality. He can im- 
prove the use of the equipment 
which is his. If there are se- 
rious handicaps in his physical 



constitution, he will be honest 
with himself and be neither pre- 
sumptuous nor belligerent as he 
examines his fitness for the min- 
istry. 

The Home 

Ministerial candidates typi- 
cally come from Christian 
homes. Probably no other earth- 
ly influence is more important 
in predisposing young men to 
enter the ministry. It is shown 
in various surveys to be of 
gi-eater influence than direct ef- 
forts to persuade a boy to enter 
this kind of life service. 

Here are some statistics gath- 
ered fi'om a study of 690 men 
who enrolled in one seminary 
during a period of six years. 

86% were from homes where 
the fathers were church mem- 
bers. 

97% were fi'om homes where 
the mothers were church mem- 
bers. 

70% were from homes where 
grace was said at meals. 

About 50% were from homes 
where religious exercises were 
part of the family life. 

Only 28 men came from di- 
vorced or separated parents. 

133 men came from ministe- 
rial homes. (Clergymen make 
(Continued on page 16) 



PAGE TWELVE 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST ' 




What Ministerial Candic 

The 



Delbert B. Flora 



Dean of the Seminary, and Professor of 
Greek New Testament and theology. 

A.B., Ashland College, 1929; Th.B., Ashland 
Theological Seminary, 1931; S.T.M., Winona 
Lake School of Theology, 1950; Rural Church 
School, Vanderbilt University, 1936; Goshen 
College, 1945; Post Graduate Seminar, Europe 
and Holy Land, 1952; Special Studies, Amer- 
ican School of Oriental Research, Jerusalem, 
1955; Directed Tours, Europe and the Middle 
East, 1958, 1960; Student Pastor, Brethren 
Churches, Danville, Ankneytown, Blansfield, 
Ohio, 1927-1931; Resident Pastor, Brethren 
Churches, Cerro Gordo, Illinois, 1931-1932, 
Muncie, Indiana, 1933-1938, Masontown, Penn- 
sylvania, 1939-1940, Muncie, Indiana, 1941- 
1946; Teacher, Ashland Theological Seminary, 
1946—; Dean, 1953—. Ordained, 1927. 




Edwin Boardman 



Professor of Church History. 

A.B., Ashland College, 1919; A.B., Iowa State 
Teachers College, 1929; B.D. and Th.M., 
Princeton Theological Seminary, 1931 and 
1932; M.A., Princeton University, 1931; Resi- 
dence requirements completed for S.T.D., 
Temple University; graduate studies, Ohio 
State University, 1950; missionary studies, 
Princeton Theological Seminary, 1921-22, and 
Moody Bible Institute, 1922; travel in Europe 
and Middle East, 1958; Student Pastor, Breth- 
ren Churches, Middlebranch, Sterling, and 
Gretna, Ohio, Terra Alta, West Virginia, Ac- 
cident, Maryland; Pastor, Brethren Church, 
Hudson, Iowa, 1919-21; Missionary in Argen- 
tina, 1922-24; Pastor, Brethren Churches, Ter- 
ra Alta, West Virginia, Accident, Maryland; 
First Brethren Church, Waterloo, Iowa, 1925- 
29; Macalester Memorial Presbyterian Church, 
Philadelphia, 1929-41; First Brethren Church, 
Hagerstown, Maryland, 1941-44; Macalester 
Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1944-49; Trin- 
ity Brethren Church, Canton, Ohio, 1949-51; 
First Brethren Church, Louisville, Ohio, 1952; 
Teacher, Ashland Theological Seminary, 1949 
— . Ordained, 1916. 



Ch« 



Associate Profil 

A.B., Ashland ci 
Theological Sem;l 
Theological SenI 
Ph.D. Student, I 
1956—; Travel, El 
National Brethrei) 
Pastor, Brethren i 
Gretna, Ohio, '.\ 
Church, Johnstowj 
er, Ashland TheoJ 
dained, 1949. j 



FEBRUARY 25, 1961 



PAGE THIRTEEN 



s Find At The Seminary 
ailty 



ictical Theology. 

J; B.D., Ashland 
Th.M., Western 
ttsburgh), 1954; 
serve University, 
Middle East, 1958; 
rector, 1949-1953; 
W^illiamstown and 
Second Brethren 
ania, 1951; Teach- 
inary, 1954 — . Or- 




J. Ray Kiingensmith 



Professor of English Bible. 

A.B., Ashland College, 1931; Th.B., Ashland 
Theological Seminary, 1934; General Secre- 
tary, Missionary Board of the Brethren 
Church, 1940-45; Visited South America rep- 
resenting the Missionary Board of the Breth- 
ren Church, 1944; Pastor, Union Mission Chap- 
el, Ashland, Ohio, 1927-34; First Brethren 
Church, Ankenytown, Ohio, 1931-34; First 
Brethren Church, Oakville, Indiana, 1934-36; 
First Brethren Church, Elkhart, Indiana, 1936- 
40; Interim Pastor, First Baptist Church, West 
Los Angeles, California, 1948; Associate Min- 
ister, First Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio, 
1951; Pastor, First Brethren Church, Wash- 
ington, D. C, 1953-56; Interim Pastor, First 
Christian Church, Shelby, Ohio, 1957; Pastor, 
First Congregational Church, Lucas, Ohio, 
1958 — •. Professor of English Bible, Ashland 
Theological Seminary, 1956—. Ordained, 1934. 




Bruce C. Stark 



Associate Professor of Hebrew 
Testament. 



and Old 



Graduate of Pastor's Course, Moody Bible In- 
stitute, 1944; A.B., Wheaton College (Bible 
Major), 1946; B.D., Th.M., Th.D., Northern 
Baptist Seminary, 1955, 1956, 1959. Traveled 
in Europe and Bible Lands, 1960. Instructor, 
Greater Chicago Sunday School Association, 
1953; Lake Shore Bible Institute, 1949-50; 
holds teaching credentials from National As- 
sociation of Christian Schools; Pastor, Ray- 
mond Baptist Church, Raymond, Wisconsin, 
1946-50; Baptist Church, Kostner Avenue, Chi- 
cago, Illinois, 1950-52; Berean Baptist Church, 
South Holland, Illinois, 1956 (student charge); 
Faith Baptist Church, Chicago, Illinois, 1957 
(student charge); First Baptist Church, Somo- 
nauk, Illinois, 1957-59; Associate Professor of 
Hebrew and Old Testament, Ashland Theo- 
logical Seminary, 1959 — . Ordained, 1946. 



ell-trained - - Capable - - Consecrated 



PAGE FOURTEEN 



THE BRETHREN EVANGEUST 



A REVISED SEMINARY CURRICULUM 



Delbert B. Flora 



-THE NECESSITY of over- 
^ hauling or revising the 
Seminary curriculum has been 
apparent for a long time. Last 
spring the faculty decided that 
its major study during this cur- 
rent school year should be such 
a revision as might correspond 
with present needs, and at the 
same time of such an organiza- 
tion as would allow for changes, 
deletions or additions which 
might seem proper on a chang- 
ing scene. 

A re-examination of the Sem- 
inary's purpose was felt requi- 
site. It may be noted that a 
theological seminary may be 
seen in at least three aspects. 

(1) Some people consider it 
an institution of higher learn- 
ing with prime emphasis upon 
standards of intellectual per- 
formance. 

(2) Some people think of the 
seminary principally as a trade 
school for ministers, with its 
emphasis obviously upon the 
skills and techniques necessary 
to adequate functioning in the 
role of leader. 

(3) Others think of a semi- 
nary neither as specifically a 
graduate school which is en- 
gaged in producing advanced de- 
grees, nor as merely a trade 
school which is concerned main- 
ly with imparting and develop- 
ing skills. Rather they see the 
seminary as a part of the 
church, and its function that of 
the church teaching and train- 
ing its workers who will lead 
and teach the church in its work 
of delivering the Gospel mes- 
sage to the world. 



The third aspect seems to be 
the more correct and properly 
inclusive one. The minister 
should and must have a sense of 
fire for the church as mission, 
and will recognize that organiza- 
tion exists for mission and for 
no other purpose. In the midst 
of pressures to be little more 
than a religious public relations 
man in the community, the min- 
ister must have an integration 
which will hold him true to his 
commitment. This integration, 
which is Biblical and theological, 
will in large part come from the 
kind of seminary education he 
has had. He must have a basic 
thrust, a core of discipline which 
will enable him to maintain his 
perspective in whatever circum- 
stance he may work. 

The basic three components 
of theological education have al- 
ways been Biblical studies, 
church history and theology. 
These are primary. Other sub- 
jects which are set ai-ound these 
core-elements reflect the ebb 
and flow of contemporary fads. 
An indication of the essential 
surrender of a seminary to con- 



temporary pressures can usually 
be determined by inquiry as to 
what extent its basic courses are 
overshadowed or outnumbered 
by secondary subjects. 

Because of its framework of 
constituency and facilities, Ash- 
land Theological Seminary prob- 
ably can best serve the Breth- 
ren Church by confining its ef- 
forts to a strong Bachelor of 
Divinity program. This course 
of study must be prepared with 
the foregoing principles in mind. 
It will not be possible for the 
curriculum to contain detailed 
"secondary" offerings. 

Therefore the revision of the 
degree curriculum may allow ap- 
proximately 35 percent of its 
coverage for Biblical studies, 
about 45 percent for theological, 
historical and practical courses, 
and about 20 percent for elective 
subjects by means of which a 
student can spend time to his 
liking in any one or more of the 
various fields of study. It is 
probable that the school year 
will be reorganized into a three 
term year instead of a two se- 
mester year. 



OUR COVER PICTURE: Snow-covered sign on the front 
lawn of the spacious Seminary building located on Center 
Street in Ashland. 

PICTURE CREDITS: Pictures of the Seminary faculty 
on pages 12 and 13, the picture of missionary personnel 
on page fifteen, and our cover picture are by Seminary 
student Duane Dickson. Duane is from our church at Tuc- 
son, Arizona. 



FEBRUARY 25, 1961 



PAGE FIFTEEN 

MISSIONARY CONFERENCE 




AT 



THE 



SEMINARY 



A MISSIONARY conference 
was pi'esented by the Sem- 
inary with the assistance of the 
office of the Brethren Mission- 
ary Board during January 19 to 
22. Rev. and Mrs. Robert 0. By- 
ler, Argentina, Rev. and Mrs. 
Robert Bischof, Nigeria, and 
Rev. and Mrs. Charles Kraft, 
Nigeria, appeared as the major 
speakers. The program began 
on Thursday evening at the 
Park Street Brethren Church, 
continued all day and evening on 
Friday at the Seminary, and 
concluded on Sunday at the 
church. 



Missionary Board General Secretary Clayton Berkshire (left) and Mis- 
sionaries Bob Bischof, Rob Byler and Chuck Kraft (left to right) lead a 
group discussion on missions. 



The first service was one of 
information and inspii'ation in 
which all three couples partici- 
pated by means of informal 
presentations, language demon- 
strations and color slides. On 
Friday morning Rev. Clayton 
Berkshire, General Secretary of 
the Missionary Board, read a 
paper on "The History of Breth- 
ren Missions." After that he 
served as chainnan of three ses- 
sions which dealt with, "Aims 
and Motives of Missions," dis- 
cussed by Rev. Bischof, "Future 
of Missions in the Modem 
World," treated by Rev. Ki-aft, 
and "The Missionary: His Call, 
Qualifications, and Prepara- 
tions," presented by Rev. Byler. 



In the evening the conference 
continued in conjunction with 
the monthly Seminary Fellow- 
ship. The social rooms of the 
seminary building were filled 
with Seminary and college stu- 
dents and friends who assembled 
to hear Mrs. Byler, Mrs. Bis- 
chof (sisters) and Mrs. Kraft 
discuss "The Devotional Life of 
the Missionary." This was easily 
the high point of the day. 

On Sunday morning. Rev. Bis- 
chof preached at the Park Street 
church and in the evening he 
rounded out the information and 
inspiration of the conference 
with more color slides. 



PAGE SIXTEEN 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



DR. CARL F. H. HENRY AT THE SEMINARY 

Friday, March 24th 



ASHLAND Theological Semi- 
nary cordially invites and 
urges Brethren people to hear 
and become acquainted with Dr. 
Carl F. H. Henry, editor of the 
fortnightly magazine, Christian- 
ity Today. He will speak three 
times on Friday, March 24, at 
the Park Street church in Ash- 
land on the themes: (1) The 
Moving Front of Modern Theol- 
ogy; (2) Revelation and the Bi- 
ble; (3) The Christian View of 
Work. 

During the past summer he 
spoke to ministers meetings in 
Switzerland (in Berne, Basel, 
Zurich and Lausanne) and in 
Germany (in Essen, Hamburg 
and Berlin) while Dr. Billy Gra- 
ham was conducting his massive 
crusades in those cities. 

Henry's writings have won 
him wide recognition as an out- 
standing conservative theologi- 




an. He has written thirteen 
books and has edited several 
more. Before coming to Chris- 
tianity Today, Henry was a Pro- 
fessor of Theology and Christian 



Philosophy at Fuller Theological 
Seminary, Pasadena, California. 
Prior to that he was chairman 
of the Philosophy of Religion 
Department at Northern Baptist 
Theological Seminary, Chicago. 

Henry earned his doctor of 
philosophy degree at Boston 
University and a doctor of theol- 
ogy degree from Northern Bap- 
tist Seminary. 

A native of New York City, he 
began his writing career by edit- 
ing Long Island weekly newspa- 
pers. He also served as suburban 
correspondent for the New York 
Times, New York Herald-Trib- 
une and the Chicago Daily Trib- 
une. 

Under Henry's editorship, 
Christianity Today began publi- 
cation in October, 1956, as an 
interdenominational thought 
magazine of conservative Prot- 
estantism. 



Ministerial Background 

(Continued from page 11) 
up one-fourth of one percent of 
our employed population, there- 
fore 133 is an extremely high 
ratio.) 

168 were from farm homes. 

144 were from homes of ur- 
ban laboring classes: 

The Home Church 

Those who are drawn into the 
ministry characteristically have 
a background of association in 
and loyalty to a local church. It 
is not the size of the church 
or whether it is urban or rural 
that determines its effectiveness 
in winning youth to Christian 
life work. 

A boy is more likely to be 
influenced by his pastor than by 



the size, location, or prestige of 
his church. If a preacher, no 
matter liow successful he may 
seem to be, holds himself aloof 
from the youth of his church 
and community, boys miss the 
inspiration of personal contact 
with him and are less likely to 
think favorably of making his 
life work their own. 

It is also noticeable that the 
majority of those who enter a 
religious vocation, in growing 
up under the influence of the 
church, have held some leader- 
ship positions in it. 

The College 

Young ministerial candidates 
today either have completed or 
expect to complete their college 
work. Extremely few would be 



disparaging of a higher educa- 
tion as a dangerous or unneces- 
sary preparation for the minis- 
try. A study of the educational 
training of 7,200 effective min- 
isters in a large denomination 
showed that of those who were 
forty-two years of age or young- 
er, 95 percent were college grad- 
uates, and more than 70 percent 
were graduates of both college 
and seminary. 

Church-related colleges, espe- 
cially those smaller in size, oc- 
cupy a strategic position in min- 
isterial training and recruit- 
ment. When a study was made 
of 1,540 graduates of seminaries 
during a period of four years, 
it was discovered that 60 per- 
cent had taken their college 



FEBRUARY 25, 1961 



PAGE SEVENTEEN 



work in small church-related 
colleges. In another large group 
it was discovered that the per- 
centage was about the same. 

The church-related college is 
congenial and conducive in the 
experience of the young man 
who is debating, or has already 
decided upon the ministry. The 
college church in its sei-vices and 
youth fellowships, the religious 
societies and organizations on 
the campus, and the cultural 
and social activities of the col- 



lege all help the young man in 
his decision for life work. 

Age of Decision 

The decision to enter the min- 
istry, like the decision to enter 
medicine or engineering, is rare- 
ly made before middle adoles- 
cence. Very few reach the final 
decision before the junior year 
of high school, in fact, only 
about 20 percent. Some, a very 
few, do not reach the decision 
until they are in the thirties. 



Studies indicate that the op- 
poi-tunities and call of the min- 
istry may well be presented 
more positively to boys who are 
in high school, in order that this 
type of service may enter into 
their early thinking about life 
work. Any attempt to push for 
a quick and final decision is un- 
fortunate. 

Adapted from The Ministry, 

by J. Richard Spann, Abingdon- 
Cokesbury, 1949. 




CLEANSE THOU MY HEART 

Great Shepherd of my soul, heed my mute plea, 
For I have been a wayward, wandering child. 
The root of bitterness that has defiled 
My heart would make love seem a mockery 
Had I not tasted Thy great love for me — 
Had I not known the love that reconciled 
My soul to God, and stilled the willful, wild 
Rebellion that marred fellowship with Thee. 

Contrition floods my heart as I confess 
And Thy blest promise of forgiveness claim. 
Cleanse Thou my heart of all unrighteousness; 
Root out the wormwood and its blighting shame, 
For I would live the faith which I profess 
And do the works which glorify Thy name. 

— Velma D. Collins. 

WE CANNOT SERVE GOD WHILE SINNING 
(Rom. 6:16). We have to be "free from sin" in 
order to serve God (vs. 17, 18). So God seeks to sepa- 
rate His people from the world (Lev. 20:26). God's mo- 
tive in separating a soul from the world is that that 
soul may belong to Him (Deut. 7:6; Isa. 43:1). God's 
people are chosen, redeemed, and called by Him to a 
life of separation from the claims of the world to the 
claims of God (Eph. 1:4; 1 Pet. 1:18, 19; Mk. 1:20). 
God, who separates His people from the world, also re- 
quires that they separate themselves (2 Cor. 6:17) from 
all uncleanness (Lev. 11:44). We are to separate our- 
selves from sin (1 Jn. 3:9). We are to separate our- 
selves from the world that is the sphere of Satan's ac- 
tivity (Rom. 12:2; 1 Jn. 2:15). We are to avoid the "lust 
of the flesh," the sensual pleasures which destroy the 



joy of salvation; the "lust of the eyes," the gazing on 
things that lead to heart-sin and thus destroy our love 
for God; "the pride of life," which lures to selfish ends 
and cancels a life for God's glory (1 Jn. 2:16). 

God commands that we save ourselves from unwise 
personal and business associations (2 Cor. 6:14). Mar- 
riage with unbelievers is forbidden (Deut. 7:3, 4). The 
violation of this command led Solomon astray (1 Kgs. 
11:1-6). Samson's marriages spelled spiritual failure 
(Judg. 14:1-3; 18:4, 5). Wrong marriages resulted in 
the judgment of the flood (Gen. 6:1-7). Lot's moving 
into Sodom brought about ill-fated marriages (Gen. 19: 
14, 15). Compromise with sin impairs the glory that 
God deserves from His people (Deut. 7:6; Eph. 1:12). 
It robs the lost of their right to see a true testimony 
for God (1 Pet. 2:9). People who put up a great show 
of religious activity often fail to glorify God (Isa. 1:10- 
15). Such are rebellious (Isa. 1:16-20). Every one is re- 
bellious against God until he is rightly related to Him 
in Christ Jesus (Psa. 51:17). 

"The yoke of pleasure may allure, 
And promise bliss that will endure; 

But when it has thy youth despoiled, 
'Twill cast thee off as garment soiled. 

"Take not on thee the yoke of wealth; 

'Twill eat thy soul, destroy thy health. 
And make thee feel how cheap the cost, 

If worlds could buy the peace it lost. 

"Ambition, too, its yoke displays 
And hangs out its perennial bays: 

Be not, poor soul, by it misled; 
I offer thee a crown instead. 

" 'Come, take My yoke,' the Savior said, 

'To follow Me, be not afraid; 
For I in heart am lowly meek. 

And offer you the rest you seek. 

" 'Then take my yoke — 'tis soft and light, 
'Twill ne'er disturb thy rest at night: 

But guide thee to that world above, 
Where no restraint is known but love.' " 



PAGE EIGHTEEN 



THE BRETHREN EVANGBU8T 



Comments 
by 




William H. Anderson 



Topics copyrighted by the Intcraational Council of Religious Education, 
Used by permission. 

Lesson for March 5, 1961 

A TEST OF DISCIPLESHIP 

Lesson: John 13:1-5, 12-17, 34-35 

"CHRISTIANITY IS LOVE with a towel on its arm," 
says Frank S. Mead as he relates the account of Christ 
washing His disciples' feet. We do well to study thor- 
oughly this event in the life of our Lord, especially in 
its relationship to us today. 

CHRIST'S LOVE 

"Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus 
knew that His hour was come that He should depart out 
of this world unto the Father, having loved His own 
which were in the world. He loved them unto the end. . . 
He riseth from supper, and laid aside His garments; 
and took a towel, and girded Himself .. .and began to 
wash the disciples' feet" (vs. 1-5). 

How difficult this hour must have been for Jesus! 
Seated around Him were His nearest and dearest earthly 
friends. For over three years they had been with Him, 
sharing His joys as well as sorrows. Now the hour of 
His departure was drawing near. He realized this hour 
must be, but He also knew it was going to be very hard 
on His beloved disciples. For Jesus LOVED them; and 
He would continue to do so even unto the end! He would 
do so even though some would doubt Him, and some would 
deny Him, and all would forsake Him! 

"Because He saw the hour of separation approach- 
ing, He redoubled His tenderness towards those whom 
He had until then so faithfully loved. Who does not 
know how the foreseeing of an imminent separation 
renders affection more demonstrative!" (F. L. Godet). 

CHRIST'S EXAMPLE 

"So after He had washed their feet,... He said unto 
them. Knew ye what I have done to you?... If I then, 
your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also 
ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you 
an example, that ye should do as I have done to you" 
(vs. 12-15). 

The question should never have to be raised, "Is feet- 
washing obligatory for the informed Christian?" Why 
should we ever speak of any act of Christian service or 
devotion as an obligation? The Christian should be 
morally and spiritually constrained by LOVE, not DUTY! 

Feet-washing is a symbol: 

1. Of Brotherly Love. 

2. Of Christ-like Humility. 

3. Of Christian Service. 

4. Of Spiritual Cleansing. 

Being, therefore, a symbolic service, this ordinance 
is spiritually valueless to us unless we profit from the 
spiritual truths Christ sought to teach. Dr. L. E. Lindower, 



in a tract printed some time ago, puts it so well in these 

challenging words: 

"We Brethren boast of an ordinance that others 
do not have. Do we have cleaner lives than others be- 
cause of it? We say we believe Jesus when He said, 
'Ye also ought to wash one another's feet.' Are there 
some Brethren whose feet you would not wash? We 
Brethren may boast in the observance of this ordinance 
in proportion as we show forth lives of humility, 
brotherly love and faithful service!" 

CHRIST'S COMMANDMENT 

"I give you a new command, to love one another. Just 
as I have loved you, you too must love one another. 
By this everybody will know that you are My disciples, 
if you keep on showing love for one another" (vs. 34-35 
— Williams). 

Why the great stress on love in this chapter? John 
opens the chapter by speaking of Christ's Love for His 
disciples, and closes by stating Christ's Commandment 
of Love to His disciples. 

"From Luke's account of this incident (22:24), it 
appears that a strife had arisen among the disciples 
over who should be greatest. It further appears from 
Christ's rebuke (22:27) that none of them would serve 
at supper lest he be judged inferior by his fellows" 
(L. H. Higley). 

The Test of Discipleship, said Christ, is LOVE for one 
another. Albert Schweitzer, when asked which he con- 
sidered the most important of the Ten Commandments, 
replied: "Christ gave only one Commandment, and that 
was to love." It is a tragic rebuke to the Saint of God 
when his actions and attitude fail to set him apart from 
those who know not God! 

"The Mosaic commands placed an outer compulsion 
upon man. Christ's command of love puts an inner im- 
pulsion within man... 'The measure of our love for 
another is set by Christ's love for us' (A. T. Robert- 
son)" (Higley). 



t^fm^^Rfimm m » ■■■^^■*i ^^ i g ' ^ » i^ 



Sunday School Suggestions 

The Sunday School Board of 
The Brethren Church 

by Dick Wmfield 



MARCH TO SUNDAY SCHOOL IN MARCH 

THE NATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL ASSOCIATION 
is sponsoring for its second year a special spring 
attendance drive called "March to Sunday School in 
March". 

This drive is a natural emphasis for your Sunday School 
at the beginning of spring. Now is the time — when win- 
ter is drawing to a close— to approach again those peo- 
ple who have not come to Sunday School during the 
winter months "because the weather was too bad." Get 
to them and invite them right away, before they think 
up some new excuse for not coming to the house of God. 

This "March to Sunday School in March" drive also 
provides a pre-Easter emphasis designed to strengthen 
the Sunday School program during this important sea- 
son. During this month of March improved program. 



EBRUAEY 25, 1961 



PAGE NINETEEN 



lisitation, friendliness, and follow up should be empha- 
':zed. If special effort is applied to these areas, by April 
nd you will be ready for your best Easter yet. But 
:ou must work diligently if these things are to be ac- 
iomplished, for time is short and there is much to be 
me. 

"Plan more and pray more. 

Visit more and witness more, 
Enroll more to teach more. 

To win more to Christ and the church." 
« * « 

CHECK UP ON YOUR STUDY HABITS 

It is well to check up on yourself — and here are some 
iuestions to help you do so. The following questions 
hould apply not only to Sunday School teachers and 
ivforkers, but to every Christian. We should all be dili- 
gent students of God's Word. 

' Rate yourself to these questions using one of the fol- 
iowing three possible answers: "Seldom or Never", 
i'Sometimes", or "Usually or Always". 
I. Do you set aside a certain time for study every day? 



2. Do you study other materials in addition to your Bi- 
ble and Sunday School quarterly? (Bible commen- 
taries, Bible helps, etc.) 

3. Do you make brief notes as you read? 

4. Do you classify this information in a way that will 
help your thinking? — or for that matter do you take 
time to think over and meditate on what you have 
read? 

5. Do you consult a dictionary and learn the pronuncia- 
tion as well as the meaning of new words? 

6. Do you read carefully and slowly, to get the meaning 
of what you read ? 

7. Do you question comments which you read and try to 
learn whether they are based on facts or opinions 
before you accept them as true? 

8. Do you pray for God's Spirit to be your guide as 
you study the Scriptures ? 

9. Do you practice in "real life" the lessons you learn 
from the Bible? 

HOW DID YOU SCORE? 



ANNUAL BRETHREN PASTOR'S CONFERENCE 
ON FAITH AND ORDER 

Ashland. Ohio 

April 11-13, 1961 

Tuesday noon through Thursday noon 

Theme: "Venturing With Christ in 

Brethren Advancement" 

Sessions designed to help the pastor in his all-important 
work in the local parish, the denomination and the great 
outreach program of the Great Commission as given by our 
Lord. Watch coming issues of the Evangelist for further 
information about this outstanding pastor's conference. 



NEWS 

from the 

BRETHREN 

SARASOTA, FLORIDA. The Re- 
vival Meeting with Dan Ankerberg 
as Evangelist, originally scheduled 
for February, is to be held March 
5th through 12th, at the Sarasota 
church. 

LOST CREEK, KENTUCKY. The 
annual Prophecy Bible Conference 
was held at the Riverside Christian 
Training School on February 23rd and 
24th. Dr. Joseph R. Shultz was the 
speaker. 



COMING EVENTS 

PLEASANT HILL, OHIO. Revival 
Services, Mar. 6-17. Rev. Henry Bates, 
Evangelist; Rev. Carl Barber, Pastor. 

JOHNSTOWN, PENNA. (THIRD). 

Weekend Bible Conference, Mar. 3-5. 
Rev. Spencer Gentle, Speaker; Rev. 
William H. Anderson, Pastor. 

HUNTINGTON, INDIANA. Reviv- 
al Meetings, Mar. 6-19. Rev. Herbert 
Gilmer, Evangelist; Dr. Claud Stude- 
baker. Pastor. 

DAYTON, OHIO. Bible Lectures, 
Mar. 6-15. Rev. Harold E. Bamett, 
Speaker; Rev. Percy C. Miller, Pastor. 



BRYAN, OHIO. Revival Meetings, 
Mar. 5-17. Rev. Clarence A. Stogsdill, 
Evangelist; Rev. Smith F. Rose, Pas- 
tor. 



NORTHERN INDIANA 
DISTRICT LAYMEN 

The 96th meeting will be held 
in the South Bend church, 
March 6th. 

Send supper reservations by 
March 1st to: 

Lewlyn Swintz, 
923 Logan St., 
South Bend, Ind. 
George Kerlin, Sec'y. 



PAGE TWENTY 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELISl 



JS^e Brethren Lai^man 



Boys' Brotherhood Monthly Program 

Program for March 1961 



Brad Weidenhamen 



FOR THE Brotherhood Program for March, I would 
like to give you an outline of Paul's second mission- 
ary journey. This, I believe, will make an interesting 
study and will be a follow-up to the first missionary 
journey which I outlined two months ago. 

A little bit of background is necessary. Barnabas wished 
to take Mark with them when Paul and he decided to 
go on another journey. Paul would not agree to this, 
because he felt that Mark would leave them as he had 
during their first trip. An argument followed, and Bar- 
nabas took Mark with him to Cyprus while Paul took 
Silas on his second missionary journey. 

I. Paul and Silas went to the established churches in 
Asia Minor. 

A. They re-visited these churches and strengthened 
them. 

B. In Lystra, Paul discovered a young disciple 
named Timothy. 

1. Timothy became Paul's closest friend and 
joined Silas and him on the journey. 

II. Paul in Philippi. 

A. Being providentially hindered from going to more 
established churches, Paul and his company were 
finally led to Troas. 

1. One night Paul saw a vision in which a man 
pleaded with him to come to Macedonia and 
help the people. 

2. Therefore, Paul sailed to Macedonia and went 
to Philippi. 

B. Lydia, a seller of purple cloth and a woman of 
wisdom, was Paul's first convert. 

1. Some days later, Paul cast out a demon from 
a woman. 

2. The masters of the girl became angry with 
Paul and Silas, brought them before the magi- 
strates, and accused them of false deeds. 

3. They were beaten and cast into prison. 

C. At midnight there was an earthquake and the 
prisoners' bonds were loosed, whereupon the guard 
sought to kill himself. 

1. Paul showed him that the prisoners were 
still there, and the guard took them to his 
home and washed their wounds and was con- 
verted by Paul. 

2. In the morning the magistrates let the men 
go and Paul and Silas left the city. 

III. Paul at Thessalonica and Berea. 

A. Passing through Amphipolis and Apollonia, Paul 
came to Thessalonica. 

1. This was a city of fair size and influence, 
and Paul preached there in the synagogue. 

2. He converted a number of people, including 
his host, Jason. 

3. The enemies of Paul finally sought to seize 



him, but they couldn't find him so they' 
grabbed Jason instead. 
B. Paul and his companions left by night and went 
to Berea. 

1. They met with much success until their ene- 
mies from Thessalonica heard about their suc- 
cess. 

2. Then they stirred up trouble and Paul was 
forced to leave Berea. 

IV. Paul at Athens. 

A. Athens was tlie intellectual and religious center 
of the world. 

1. Paul was much concerned over the many idols 
and images which were worshipped in that 
city. 

2. The people were curious to hear Paul's strange 
story and let him preach to them. 

B. Paul first of all compliments the people by say- 
ing that they are vei-y religious. 

1. However, he goes on to show that they know 
nothing about the real God and Jesus Christ, 
His Son. 

2. Many people scoffed at Paul and would not 
believe him, but there were some who were 
converted. 

V. Paul at Corinth. 

A. Paul went ahead to Corinth after leaving Athens. 

1. Before Silas and Timothy joined him, he 
lived with Aquilla and Priscilla, tentmakers, 
and he worked with them for a while mak- 
ing tents. 

2. Paul became very angry with the Jews' blas- 
phemies and ridicules of his message, so he 
went to live with a Gentile Christian, Titus 
Justus. 

3. The leader of the synagogue became a Chris- 
tian and Paul was enjoying success once more. 

B. God spoke to Paul in a vision and told him that 
his life would be safe in Corinth, so Paul stayed 
for one year and six months, teaching and preach- 
ing. 

1. On one occasion Paul was dragged before the 
governor of Achaia, Gallio, but Gallic believed 
that no man should be tried in a criminal 
court because of his religious beliefs. 

2. Therefore, Paul was released and the Greeks 
seized the opportunity to beat Sosthenes, the 
leader of the Jewish mob. 

3. When Paul had concluded his work in An- 
tioch, he and his companions made their way 
back to Jerusalem by way of Ephesus, Caesa- 
rea, and Antioch. 

4. Aquilla and Priscilla went to Ephesus to min- 
ister there. 



'EBRUARY 25, 1961 PAGE TWENTY-ONE 

THE PART A MINISTER PLAYS IN BOYS' BROTHERHOOD 

REV. C. Y. GILMER 



WE NEED TO BEGIN early in the lives of boys 
to lead them into Christian service. To wait un- 
;il they are out of high school or in college may mean 
ipportunity gone. The pastor should not be tardy in tak- 
ng the boys of his church into his confidence. Oliver 
(Wendell Holmes said, "If you wish to train a boy you 
Jmust begin with his grandfather." So many are the in- 
fluences which determine the modern boy's destiny that 
the church must needs take an interest in him quite 
early. If he is indifferent toward the Brethren Church, 
his indifference could be due to its indifference toward 
him. 

Who was John Egglen? Only a very few can tell. He 
was a humble unheralded preacher who cultivated a 
i young man for Christ by the name of Charles H. Spur- 
'geon. Spurgeon led thousands into faith and life. Andrew 
lied a little lad with his picnic lunch to Christ. With 
what the lad had Christ fed the multitudes. Eli was 
able to do for Samuel what he could not do for his own 
sons. A minister may sometimes do for a boy what a 
relative cannot. Eli's influence for good continued in the 
life of Samuel. Young Men and Boys' Brotherhood in- 
troduces a boy to a good friend as a sponsor. Whether 
that sponsor is a pastor or a layman, the glory of (lis 
life will be to lift a boy into Christian faith and service. 

Eli had a Boys' Brotherhood of one boy. He gave him 
instruction, kept him busy in the tabernacle of the Lord, 
taught him how to pray, taught him tlie clean life, in 
short — Eli followed the Boys' Brotherhood program! 
Uncle Barnabas did the same for Mark. Paul thought 
Mark was not trustworthy for a missionary tour. But 
Barnabas still sponsored him and later Mark wrote the 
Gospel that bears his name! Never give up the boys! 
Hold on to the young men! The Lord needs them, and 
they need to serve the Lord. 

Pastor Paul wielded an influence for good over boys 
and young men. His nephew, "a young man" (Acts 23: 
16-19), was instrumental in saving Paul's life from ■ 
oath-bound zealots perpetrating murder. Even "the chief 
captain took him by the hand." Any man of position in 
society should take a kindly, definite interest in boys 
and young men! The pastor is "everybody's man" for 
proper spiritual encouragement. 

The busy Paul showed his attitude toward the Young 
Men and Boys' Brotherhood by his friendship for Tim- 
othy. Paul confirmed his faith, brought his character to 
a turning point, and made him his spiritual son. Paul 
taught Timothy to know and love Christ. Any pastor 
knows that it takes men to make a church go. Women 
and children can help in an invaluable way, but the 
church has a paramount need for men. Start with the 
boy and cultivate him into a layman who can well be 
called a "churchman." "The boy is father of the man." 
"As the twig is bent the tree is inclined." 

It is a greater thing to build a life than a magnificent 
church building. A life is not built without a plan. Broth- 
erhood has a plan; Emerson once observed a large build- 
ing being erected in a country town. He noticed it was 



a hit-and-miss affair, without any plan. He asked a 
carpenter the name of the architect. The workman re- 
plied: "Oh, there isn't any architect settled on it yet. 
I'm just building it, you see, and there's a man coming 
from Boston next month to put the architecture into 
it." Too many churches are building the lives of their 
boys in the same way. The pastor is the architect, but 
he never gets around to the boys. He expects that some- 
how or other, without his contact, the boys will, in some 
strange way, turn out to be Samuel, Mark or Timothy, 
but that is not the way it will happen. It is too late 
to put the architecture in after the building is built. It 
is too late to plan a life after the boy becomes a man. 

The one who really needs his pastor the most is a 
growing boy. The boys need the pastor, and the pastor 
needs the boys. Andrew's boy-work enabled Christ to 
feed the five thousand. The boy is a potential for the 
spiritual feeding of the people of the world. With the 
multiplied loaves and fishes Christ said, "Give ye them 
to eat." 

For a pastor to say "The Boys' Brotherhood work is 
up to the Laymen now, and I have no part in it," is not 
a justified remark. Today's laymen would be more able 
in Brotherhood leadership today if we pastors had cul- 
tivated them in organized Christian work when they 
were younger. Wherever a layman capable and willing 
to sponsor Brotherhood work may be summoned, he 
should be used by all means. Even then, the minister 
should convince the boys of the church that he has them 
at heart. If there is no lay leadership available for the 
Boys' Work the pastor should fill in this gap, using a 
layman or two as trainees. It takes two men to handle 
well a group of ten boys. 

Everything that the Brethren Boys' program calls for 
is within the pastor's field of endeavor. He is the church's 
most qualified Bible teacher. He is the "key man" in 
behalf of world missions. He is the principal recruiter 
of workers in the church. He can teach boys how to pray, 
tithe, win souls. He can counsel them in the way that 
youth should go. Where can a minister find a better field 
for his own endeavor and personal ministry than in the 
program of the Young Men and Boys' Brotherhood of 
the Brethren Church? 

Many a boy is an orphan in his church home. There 
may be Sisterhood for his sister, but nothing correspond- 
ing to that for him. Aside from a Sunday school class 
the church has very little for him. What does he care 
about sermons — unless the minister is a close friend of 
his ? There may be sermons in stones and that is likely 
why boys insist on throwing them at every passing cat. 
Sermons that hike and play ball and go fishing and eat 
three meals a day are the sort boys most enjoy. Before 
a saint can be a boy's hero, action will have to be his 
middle name. A little comradeship is worth a library 
full of exhortations to most boys. The things boys need 
most must be caught the same as measles and chicken 
pox. The sort of goodness that counts is invariably con- 
tagious. The innoculation is a he-man. What the pastor 
owes the boy cannot be done by proxy. 



PAGE TWENTY-TWO 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



Brethren Youth 



(This is the second in a series of 
articles prepared for Youth group 
study under Goal No. 6) 



FAITH IN A CRISIS 



JUNIORS 



LET US LEARN of faith by look- 
ing at a man who had faith. We 
want to see how faith works in a 
crisis, or the time when a decision 
is made that will affect us for a long 
time. 

The man I am thinking about is 
Elisha. Now Elisha was a prophet 
who lived in Old Testament days, and 
he prophesied to the kings of Israel. 
If you will turn to II Kings 6:8, you 
can follow the story of Elisha's 
"faith in a crisis." 

Elisha had warned the king, Jeho- 
i-am, that their enemies planned to 
make camp in a certain place and that 
the Israelites should not pass by that 
camp. Their enemies, the Syrians, 
would attack and kill the Israelites. 

When Elisha warned Jehorain 
twice, the king of Syria became very 
angry with this "man of God." One 
of his servants told him that Elisha 
was the one who could tell all the 
words of the king to Israel's king, 
Jehoram. The Syrian king, Ben-hadad, 
told some of his men to go spy on 
the land to find Elisha so he could 
bring the prophet to his chambers. 

The Syrian spies returned to their 
king to tell him they saw Elisha in 
Dothan. Immediately Ben-hadad sent 
many horses and chariots to Dothan, 
carrying with them a large host of 
men. These enemies came by night 
and surrounded the place where 
Elisha and his sei^vant slept. 

Early in the morning Elisha's ser- 
vant rose and looked out over the 
hills of the city. In terror he saw 
the hosts of the Syrians all around 



them and he cried out to Elisha in 
fear: "Alas, my master! how shall 
we do?" 

"Fear not: for they that be with 
us are more than they that be with 
them." 

Elisha was not afraid, for he knew 
God would take care of him and his 
servant. This was a crisis for the 
young servant. He was frightened. . . 
he thought he would soon be killed. 
But Elisha's faith was strong in the 
Lord and he began to pray. This is 
his prayer: "Lord, I pray thee, open 
his eyes, that he may see." 

Soon the servant saw why Elisha 
was not scared. The Lord opened his 
spirit eyes and he saw what Elisha 
saw. There in the whole mountain 
were horses and chariots of fire from 
God to protect his prophet. 

As they stood watching, the hosts 
of Syria came toward them and 
Elisha prayed again: "Smite this peo- 
ple, I pray thee, with blindness." And 
immediately they were all struck blind 
and Elisha, with his servant, were 
saved. 

lin Hebrews we are told that "Now 
faith is the substance of things hoped 
for, the evidence of things not seen." 
How true this was for the servant of 
Elisha! 

Elisha, however, did not just snap 
his fingers and suddenly have the 
faith to see the hosts of God on the 
mountainside. He was a "man of God" 
as even the Syrian king said. Elisha 
had lived very close to God but he 
had been tested and tried many times 
to see if his faith was sure. Each 



time he allowed faith to work, it be- 
came stronger and stronger. Just as 
we place more and more twigs and 
branches on a fire, so it becomes 
brighter and brighter. This is the 
way faith works. We must continue 
to use it day by day or it will sput- 
ter and die. 

Notice that even though Elisha be- 
lieved the Lord would spare him and 
his servant, he prayed to God first 
to open the servant's eyes and sec- 
ond to smite the Syrians with blind- 
ness. 

We must pray in faith believing 
that God will answer our prayers. 
Living close to him means reading 
His words from the Bible. We talk 
to Him and He talks to us through 
prayer. The most important thing is 
that we allow faith to grow and be- 
come strong in our lives by using it 
...practicing it. Each time we have 
a problem or are frightened we must 
remember to say to God that He 
should help us with our difficulty. 
Our prayer must be: "Lord, I pray 
thee, open my eyes, that I may see." 

God cares for His children . . . Je- 
sus promised to never leave us nor 
forsake us... we will never have to 
bear more than we are strong enough 
to bear. 

The next time a crisis happens to 
you ... a time when you do not know 
what to do... when you can see no 
way out. . .practice your faith. . .let 
God solve your problem. 

"Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, 
quit you like men, be strong." 



:BRUARY 25, 1961 

SENIORS 
AND INTERMEDrATES 



I An American crisis ... a world 
■isis. . .voices crying "Your grand- 
lildren will grow up under Com- 
lunism!" — "Believe anything as long 
3 you sincerely believe!" — "There 
1 no God!" ...the Christian stands 
■ith hands folded in faith. 
What is faith? What is a crisis? 
)o we have them? Faith is "unques- 
lioning belief; complete trust, con- 
Idence or reliance" the dictionary 
■'ays. Mr. Webster tells us that crisis 
s "the turning point in the course 
if anything; decisive or crucial time, 
Itage or event." How often have we 
ieard from our statesmen and min- 
sters that we are facing the most 
trucial days of our history? Yes, a 
I'risis does exist. 

We might say there are many 
arises. The Premier of Soviet Eussia 
has thundered that "Your grandchil- 
dren will grow up under Commu- 
|nism!" This totalitarian system is 
thoroughly dedicated to the business 
of dominating the world. In fact 
'many of them give up everything to 
the cause of world Communism. They 
scoflf at the Christian, who is sup- 
posed to have the greatest Cause ever 
known, because he sits idly in his 
church pew. If, they ask, your cause 
is so significant, why do you not give 
all for it ? Are we willing to live and 
die for our Cause ? 

Then there are those who say that 
you can "believe anything as long as 
you sincerely believe." Here we see 
dedication to the act rather than the 
source from which it springs. This 
is like saying "drink any water as 
long as it is water." No consideration 
is given as to the source of the water 
...perhaps it is poisoned. This per- 
son is a pushover for propaganda. 
Who will influence him the most? Is 
the measure of your belief justified 
by the worthiness of your cause? 

"There is no God" is the shout of 
thousands. It is easy to consider 
only the things you see. . .the test 
tube. . .man's abilities. . .the things he 
makes... the materials of the uni- 
verse. It is quite another matter to 
believe in the unseen! Because the 
spirit eyes of this person are closed, 
he stumbles blindly in the world of 
non-material things. . By ignoring the 
evidences of God all about him in 
the physical world and explaining 
them away, he thinks, by logical 



PAGE TWENTY-THREE 




process, this man determines that 
there is no God. He is a fool! The 
Bible says: "The fool hath said in 
his heart. There is no God." 

In the midst of this world crisis, 
the Christian stands with hands 
folded in faith. What faith? The fol- 
lower of Christ says with the writer 
of Hebrews: "Now faith is the sub- 
stance of things hoped for, the evi- 
dence of things not seen. . .through 
faith we understand that the worlds 
were framed by the word of God, 
so that things which are seen were 
not made of things which do appear." 
The Christian faith stems from the 
unseen. The unseen is the Father, the 
Son and the Holy Ghost — though we 
have seen the Son manifested in the 
flesh — and the promises of heaven, 
resurrection upon the Son's return 
and eternal glory. 

A logical question at this point is 
"How do we obtain this faith?" 

After taking the initial step of ac- 
cepting Christ as our Saviour — the 
great Cause in our lives — we must 
begin the practice of faith. Faith does 
not come easily or suddenly, as with 
the snap of the fingei's. We cannot 
expect to reach a crisis and all at 
once summon up enough faith to meet 
the challenge. Faith must be built. . . 
allowed to grow and floui-ish in us. 

The words of God and the Son, re- 
corded in the Bible, are important 
instruments for building our faith. 
We feed daily on the Word to nour- 
ish our spiritual being. Once when 
the disciples wondered if Jesus had 
something to eat. He said: "My meat 



is to do the will of him that sent me, 
and to finish his work." We do not 
live by bread alone. 

All tlie great men of God have 
turned to prayer in strengthening 
their faith. Elisha prayed at Dothan, 
Paul and Silas prayed in prison, 
Stephen prayed in death, and even 
the Son prayed in Gethsemane. Each 
time we pray for strength, God gives 
us added faith. 

To have faith, we must practice 
faith. It is as simple as that! When- 
ever we allow faith to work, it grows 
that much stronger. Just as more and 
more logs make a fire blaze hotter 
and brighter, so faith grows and 
grows each time we use it. Here in 
America where we have not been 
sorely tried and tested, we neglect 
to practice faith, trying to solve prob- 
lems and crises on our own. Now is 
the time to make faith strong be- 
fore we are seriously tried. 

We must know "that the trial of 
your faith, being much more precious 
than of gold that perisheth, though 
it be tried with fire, might be found 
unto praise and honour and glory at 
the appearing of Jesus Christ." 

An American crisis ... a world crisis 
. . .voices crying. . .Yes, but the fol- 
lower of Christ has faith — faith that 
God is on His throne and is the ruler 
yet. 

"Therefore you must wear the 
whole armor of God that you may be 
able to resist evil in its day of power, 
and that even when you have fought 
to a standstill you may still stand 
your ground." (Eph. 6:13 — Phillips) 



PAGE TWENTY-FOUR THE BRETHREN EVANGEUS' 



THE TYPICAL CANDIDATE FOR THE CHRISTIAN MINISTRY 

Surveys among large groups of young men entering the min- 
istry provide a picture of the typical ministerial recruit. 

9 He has grown to young manhood in a Christian home where 
he has become familiar with simple religious services of the 
family. 

9 He became a Christian and a member of the church at about 
the age of twelve years. He became active in youth work, 
Sunday school and church camp. He became convinced that 
the Gospel is the hope of society and the world. 

# At summer camp he was deeply moved by an appeal for dedi- 
cation to life service for Christ and the church. This was dis- 
cussed with his pastor and parents. Both he and they prayed 
for his guidance. 

• He went to a church-related college. He took a liberal arts 
course. He participated in Christian activities on the campus 
and at the college church. His interest in the ministry crystal- 
lized during this time, if it had not done so previously. He 
made arrangements to enter seminary. 

In general, candidates for the ministry tend to be a representa- 
tive cross section of the church membership, plain, practical, 
wholesome, middle-class folk who have caught the fire from 
Christ's torch and are eager to spread light to the world. 




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Contributing Editors: 
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Sunday School Lesson Comments 

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Spiritual Meditations Rev. Dyoll Belote 

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In This Issue: 

Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial: "A Dream Come True" 3 

Missionary Board 4 

Woman's Missionary Society 6 

Sisterhood 7 

The Woman's Corner 7 

"Know His Word" — George W. Solomon 8 

Spiritual Meditations 10 

Special Report from the Peace Committee 11 

Tucson's "Thrill of the Year" 12 

Christmas at the Kings 14 

World Religious News in Review 15 

Sunday School Lesson Comments 16 

Prayer Meeting Bible Study 17 

Sunday School Suggestions 18 

Progress Reports 19 

The Brethren Layman 20 

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NOTES and COMMENTS 

THE NEW EVANGELIST: 

Delayed since the first of the year due to 
delay in the installation of our new press, we, 
day, with a deep sense of gi-atitude and apprec 
tion, present the first weekly issue of the nc 
two-color Brethren Evangelist. 



ARTWORK CREDIT: I 

Jack Smith, a member of the Park Street Brej. 
ren Church, Ashland, Ohio, a commercial art , 
has drawn for the Evangelist the new cover ' ■ 
sign and the two-color department heads wh i 
you will find throughout the magazine. This is i ; 
the first appearance of his work in Brethren pi ■ 
lications, for he designed the cover on the b: ■ 
chure of several years ago entitled, "The Brethi 
Church in Faith and Action." His work has a 
appeared on promotional materials sent out by 
number of our denominational agencies. 

We are deeply indebted to Jack for his exc 
lent, clean-cut, designs for this publication. As 
result, our publication's new dress places it seco 
to none in denominational publications. 



PICTURE CREDIT: 

This charming little boy you see on our cove 
on this page, and twice more in the magazine 
none other than Robbi Smith, son of our artwo 
designer. Jack Smith, and Mrs. Smith. Jack toi 
the pictures, saying that Robbi was very hard 
photograph, but the Editor thinks the results a 
just right for our purposes. We thank the Smitj 
for this series, and for permission to print tl 
pictures. All rights reserved. 




Problems held us up? Yes! But 
watch us from now on! 



iarch 4, 1961 




Page Three 



A DREAM of some years has 
f* now become a reality. The 
Jream, a few years ago, became 

vision. Tlie vision became a 
plan; the plan developed into a 
program. Now, the program has 
become action. Today, you hold 
in your hand the first in the 
long-awaited two-color Evangel- 
ists. 

This is not the work of one 
person, nor was the dream only 
of one person. Many people, 
working together, have brought 
forth this day. None of this was 
possible without the help and 
power of God whose work this 
is. 

Credit should go to those with 
the dream and the vision who 
approached General Conference, 
to the Advisory Committee on 
Publications, to the staffs of the 
cooperating publications, to the 
Board of Editorial Consultants, 
to the Publication Board, and 
others, for their cooperation in 
promoting and planning for this 
new publication. The Editor of 
Publications has found a real joy 
and pleasure in working with 
the personnel of these groups in 
readying the many things neces- 
sary to produce the new Evan- 
gelist. 

Credit should go also to our 
publication plant employees 



whose job it has been to work 
out all the technical and pro- 
duction problems involved in the 
change from the relatively 
simple 20-page magazine we had 
been producing, to this relative- 
ly complicated 24-page work. We 
cannot underestimate the value 
of these employees to the pro- 
duction of this magazine. 

As the plant employees mas- 
ter the technic of two-color 
printing; as our weekly produc- 
tion schedule which, under the 
previous set-up, was little less 
than a full-week process, be- 
comes more familiar to all em- 
ployees, we may be able to bring 
about small refinements in the 
magazine from time to time. The 
entire two-color process is new 
to us here at the Publishing 
Company, so for that reason we 
give an extra special bit of 
praise to our plant employees 
for their wiUingness to cope 
with the problems at hand. 

Now, to you who receive the 
magazine each week. We would 
appreciate if you would drop us 
a line about what you think 
about it since you have seen it; 
send your suggestions, and con- 
structive criticisms. 

This is your new, unified mag- 
azine. Brethren — voted for in 
General Conference by the dele- 



n 

Gome True 



gates, and participated in by the 
cooperating magazines. The fu- 
ture of it rests in your hands. 
We need new subscriptions, re- 
newals, and continuous gifts for 
the publication offering. 

This is the new day for the 
Brethren Evangelist. We pray, 
under God, that the magazine 
may fulfill its purpose, M glori- 
fy God, to spread the Gospel of 
Jesus Christ and to forward the 
work of the church under the 
power of the Holy Spirit. To this 
end we covet your prayers and 
support. W. S. B. 




Now, let's get on with this 
reading business! 



Page Four 



The Brethren Evangelist, 




BE PREPARED 



ON A HILL east of the Teacher 
Training Center at Waka, the 
first secondary school of the Breth- 
i-en Mission in Nigeria has gro\\'Ti, 
in a short span of time, from a dream 
on a drawing board to a stone and 
cement reality. Over paths where 
lately antelope roamed and hyenas 
stalked their prey, young Nigerians 
now walk to mathematics and Eng- 
lish classes. Where ancient tribes 
once tilled the soil, secondary stu- 
dents now raise peanuts, corn and 
cotton on their individual agricultural 
plots. Where rain beat down on an 
empty stretch of bushland, a school 
campus is now growing. 

An increasing number of students 
leaving elementary schools, and an 



Mary Ann Kulp 



increasing emphasis on higher edu- 
cation as Nigeria has gained inde- 
pendence have made necessary the 
opening of more secondary schools. 
At present there are only two such 
schools, both of which are operated 
by the government, near the area 
served by the Brethren Mission. 

The government provides for Waka 
Secondary approximately three-quar- 
ters of the building capital, as well 
as a yearly grant for each student, 
which partially covers the expense in- 
volved in the child's education. The 
balance is made up from fees paid 
by the student. Secondary fees at 
Waka are $42 a year per pupil, and 
provide room and board, uniforms, 
books and needed supplies. (Even 



this seemingly small amount is more 
than some students are able to pay. 
For needy, deserving students, a 
scholarship fund has been estab- 
lished.) The mission furnishes staflf, 
which at present numbers four, ana 
as the proprietor, operates the school 
in cooperation with the government. 
Students from all over the Northern 
Region of Nigeria are accepted, pro- 
viding they are able to meet the 
entrance requirements. The course of 
study is six years; the level of in- 
struction equivalent to that of our 
American eighth grade through junior 
college. Emphasis is purely academic, 
preparing the student for eventual 
entrance into the university (college). 
In the two present classes there are 



A THING CALLED HOPE 




Mbororo Leper Clinic where 274 receive medicine 
twice a week. 



larch 4, 1961 



Page Five 



forty-eight boys and seven girls, rep- 
resenting twelve different tribes. As 
Succeeding classes are admitted, a 
higher percentage of girls will be 
included, since Waka is the first co- 
educational Secondary school i n 
Northern Nigeria. 

I In May, 1959, ground was broken 
ion the edge of Secondary Hill over- 
jlooking the Teacher Training Center, 
for the first Secondary staff house, 
i Since that time, two more staff 
I homes, two boys' dormitories, two 
) classrooms, a dining hall and kitchen 
have been completed, and a girls' 
(dormitory, geography and science lab- 
! oratories, staff room, visual education 
room, principal's office, and photog- 
raphy dark room are under construc- 
tion. P\irther plans include dormitor- 
ies adequate for 180 students, six or 
i eight more staff houses, ten more 
classrooms and a library. 

Owen Shankster, Waka's building 
engineer, was responsible for design- 
ing all of the Secondary building 
plans. Like all Waka buildings, the 
structures are of cement and stone 
with alvmiimmi roofing. Each dormi- 
tory, which houses thirty students, is 
divided so that four students share 
a room, and each dorm contains two 
bath houses with running water. 
Rooms are provided with beds, book- 
shelves, tables and stools. The class- 
rooms are spacious and airy, with 
louvre-type windows and wood desks 
and stools, which are constructed in 
Waka's carpentry shop. The science 
laboratory, now under construction, 
eventually will be equipped to com- 
pare well with a modern laboratory 
in any United States high school. 

Temporary roads have been con- 
structed and some landscaping begun. 
Since the area which ultimately will 
comprise the secondary development 
is 150 acres, a large amount is still 
covered with tall grass, rocks, and 
low, scrubby trees. However, as the 
grass is cut and rocks are removed to 
make way for the rapid building ex- 
pansion, the "bush" will be pushed 
farther and farther back, until Sec- 
ondary Hill will resemble in many 
ways the campus of a modern Amer- 
ican college. In opening this school, 
the Brethren Mission has answered 
yet another need of a country en- 
gaged in the struggle for self-ex- 
pression, where the future does indeed 
belong to those who are educationally 
prepared for it. 



NIGERIAN TEACHERS TRAINED IN THE STATES 



Three students from Nigeria are 
enrolled at Ohio colleges this year 
in preparation for assuming major 
educational responsibility for teacher 
training in their native country. These 
men, all with previous educational 
training and experience in various as- 
pects of education in Nigeria, will, 
upon their return, become associated 
with the teacher education program 
which the Ohio school is helping to 
develop in that country under the 
direction of the International Cooper- 
ation Administration. 

One student is a specialist in physi- 
cal education. Another student at- 
tended secondary school in Ibadan 
and subsequently received the degree 
of Bachelor of Arts from Durham 
University in Freetown, Sierra Leone. 
He did a year of post graduate work 
and then returned to Nigeria to join 



the Civil Service of the Western Re- 
gion government. He taught arith- 
metic in the Women's Training Col- 
lege in Ilesha for fifteen months and 
later was transferred to Queen's 
School in Ede where he teaches math- 
ematics and Latin. 

Another student was graduated 
from University College in Ibadan in 
1956 and spent the following year 
studying for the professional certifi- 
cate in education at the Institute of 
Education in London. Upon his return 
to Nigeria he was appointed Educa- 
tion Officer in the Public Service of 
the Western Region. He taught high 
school English and history for three 
years before being selected as a par- 
ticipant in the Ohio University ICA 
project. 

(Taken from Ohio University "Out- 
look") 



SPOTLIGHT 



nPHIS ACTIVE, dependable mem- 
X ber of the Missionary Board 
claims Johnstown, Pennsylvania, as 
his home. 

John Golby was bom at Dunlo, 
Pennsylvania, and received his educa- 
tion in the public schools at Johns- 
town. He has been associated for 
quite a few years with the Cone- 
maugh and Black Lick Railroad, 
where he now serves as yardmaster. 

Brother Golby has taught a men's 
Bible class for eight years in his 
home church; he has served for 8 
years as president of the Pennsyl- 
vania District Laymen, for 5 years as 
vice president of the National Lay- 
men, for 4 years as president of the 
National Laymen; he is president of 
the Pennsylvania District Mission 
Board and has been a member of the 
Missionary Board of the Brethren 
Church for 8 years, in which capacity 
he acts on the Home Mission and 
other committees. 

John lists among his hobbies fish- 
ing — and he doesn't let them all get 
away either. He also finds much sat- 
isfaction in attending general con- 
ference each year, arranging his va- 
cation, whenever possible, to coincide 
with conference week. 

John and his "pint-size" wife, Rita 
— who plays the organ for their home 
church — are faithful members of the 
Johnstown (Third) congregation. 




John Golby 



John is the father of two sons — 
Jack and Dick — and the former Na- 
dine Golby, who, before her death, 
attended Ashland College for two 
years and was greatly loved by her 
classmates. 

Here is the sort of layman for 
whom all pastors and churches wish 
— one who is active, cooperative, and 
encouraging. 



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Out£oo«/ 



Challenge of the Church— 

MISSIONS 



(Excerpts for this report 
were obtained from various 
numbers of THE WOMAN'S ! 
OUTLOOK) 1 



Mrs. Margery Whitted 



TN THE 1894 Conference re- 
port of the S.S.C.E. (the for- 
mer name of our W.M.S.), we 
find these words, "The sisters 
certainly feel the need of more 
ministers in the Brethren 
Church, and realizing that fact, 
we deem the preparation of 
young men and women for the 
ministry of first importance in 
extending the missionary cause 
and promoting the best interests 
of the church." 

All through the history of our 
missionary society, mission 
work has been an important 
factor in our endeavors. In 1897, 
records show we had supported 
the theological chair at Ash- 
land College for two years and 
yet had a "handsome sum of 
money" in hand for missions. 
Prior to 1912, the S.S.C.E. as- 
sumed responsibility for creat- 
ing and maintaining the Super- 
annuated Ministers' Fund as a 
part of their Home Mission 
Work. 

In 1912, the women decided 
to undertake some form of for- 
eign work which was definitely 
their own. While plans were be- 
ing formulated, in 1914 Mary 
Maud Billman sat with the For- 
eign Mission Board to represent 
our women in order that we 
might have a more intelligent 



understanding of our part in the 
work. In 1916, a four year objec- 
tive program was adopted, one 
part of which was a goal of 
$10,000, the interest of which 
was to be for missionary pur- 
poses. 

Unbeknownst to the S.S.C.E. 
the college trustees were putting 
on an endowment drive, so the 
women delayed their mission 
fund till later. There followed 
the war years when many peo- 
ple felt the financial stress, but 
the work of the S.S.C.E. went 
on and in 1919 the fund cam- 
paign was launched, with the 
goal of having it completed in 
three years. 

Other than Brother Yoder's 
work in South America, the first 
missionary work established by 
the Brethren Church was the 
Bassai Mission Station in French 
Equatorial Africa. In 1925, it 
was accepted as the definite 
work to be supported by the 
W.M.S. In 1927, the financial 
report showed receipts of $2,100 
for this fund. 

In 1919, the name of the S. 
S.C.E. was changed to the Wom- 
an's Missionary Society. Special 
efforts have been made to en- 
large our understanding of the 
lives of people of the world; to 
deepen our spiritual life and in- 



crease our giving for mission ' 
work. This has had commend- ■ 
able results. Recently each so- 1 
ciety was asked to send a "love 1 
gift" to a Kentucky worker, and 
now each society is to write one 
letter to a missionary. The let- 
ters we receive from the mis- 
sionaries show how delighted 
they are to hear from the va- 
rious organizations, and we will 
never know how much such let- 
ters mean to these young peo- 
ple away from home. 

We have made no phenomenal 
growth; but the members keep 
a united interest in the work of 
the Mission Board, and when 
a need arises and is presented, 
our women rally to the need 
with renewed energy and sup- 
port. The Seminary at the Col- 
lege and missions have been our 
largest beneficiaries, and a re- 
port made at the 1946 confer- 
ence showed that in the twenty- 
five preceeding years we had 
given to the college nearly $55,- 
000, and to Home and Foreign 
Mission work over $64,000. 

For several years we've se- 
lected projects which covered a 
period of two years or more. In 
1953, our goal was set at $15,000 
for a station among the Higi 
people in Nigeria, Africa. After 
completing that goal, we 



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i)rought over $9,000 in 1956 for 
he project offering to build a 
•esidence-headquarters in Bue- 
los Aires. Lost Creek, Ken- 
•ucky, has been the recipient of 
nany dollars, and has had the 
continued support and prayers 
)f our organization. 

Every aspect of the Mission 
Board program hag had the 
wholehearted support of the W. 
M.S. The TEN DOLLAR CLUB 
lis incorporated as a W.M.S. goal. 
iTHE REVOLVING FUND has 
been utilized as an investment 
source by the W.M.S. For years 
the Mission Board has been de- 
lighted with the liberal support 
of the W.M.S. for help in its 
forward looking mission pro- 
gram. And when we women read 
of the accomplishments of our 
missionaries, we know that our 
work is having good results for 
the work of our Lord and Sav- 



Tlie 

Woman's 

Corner 



by 

Helen 

Jordan 



A LENTEN LESSON 

SUPREMELY important in times 
of universal social and political 
upheaval is spiritual stability. A gift 
from heaven is the consciousness that 
while man flounders and drifts into 
chaos, God is still in full control of 
the destiny of the world. 

To Christians everjrwhere comes 
the season of Lent with the invita- 
tion to regain spiritual equilibrium 
and to And a true perspective of life. 

In his daily meditation the believer 
in Jesus Christ follows his Master 
on His last journey to Jerusalem. The 
record of that last week constitutes 
an inexhaustible source of comfort, 
reassurance, and strength. 

The tears and tragic lament over 
the Holy City stir our deepest emo- 
tions. The popular acclaim of the Son 



of David, the joyous "Hosannas," con- 
jure up a fleeting vision of a world 
welcoming its Saviour and finding 
peace for its soul. 

Through the week with calm 
strength moves our Lord among those 
who plot His death; while tender, 
unhurried consideration is constantly 
given to the lowly, the sick and the 
suffering. 

The healing balm of His words in 
the upper room and on the way to 
Gethsemane still bring comfort to 
troubled hearts. His climatic prayer 
in the garden, "Not my will but 
thine be done," continues to show the 
way to victory through prayer. 

That "He gave himself a ransom 
for all" stands out in bold relief as 
His trial proceeds and sentence is 
passed. 

Standing before the Cross on which 
is lifted up the "Lamb of God which 
taketh away the sin of the world" 
we sense His supreme effort to draw 
all men unto Himself; we know He 
has opened to us the way to the 
Father, to peace and to life eternal. 
In this knowledge is anchored our 
spiritual ability. 

— Selected. 



S. M. M. 



Emerald Green and White 



The colors of our Sisterhood are 
quite significant. Each of them has 
a lesson in itself to give. They are 
symbolic of the characteristics and 
qualities that Sisterhood girls should 
have. 

Emerald green tells of richness yet 
humbleness; richness because of its 
brightness and sheen; humbleness be- 
cause it was the color of repentance 
in ancient tradition. As Christian 
girls we are the richest people on 
earth — rich in the everlasting life 
which Christ Jesus has given us for 
the asking. Yet we must also re- 
main humble to understand God more 
clearly and to show Him to others. 
Green also suggests a calm, peace- 
ful, quiet atmosphere. This feeling 
lives within the heart and soul of a 
contented Christian whose assurance 
is in the Lord. 

God chose the color green in which 
to intensify His artistic nature. Con- 
sider for a moment God's green crea- 
tions: the grass, nearly all foliage, 
sometimes the sea, some minerals, 
tropical birds, and some butterflies. 



We, too, are God's artistic creation, 
made also to glorify His name but in 
a little different way. 

"Lift up your eyes, and look on 
the fields; for they are white already 
to harvest" John 4:35. Yes, a part 
of God's creation is white, ready and 
eager to be told of the saving power 
of Christ. We must not let this "field" 
go by without first doing something 
about it. Quite often we are given 
chances to witness in this way. We 
must have strength to stand against 
all ridicule to profess what we believe. 

Also in God's nature is the beauti- 
ful snow. Its whiteness stands for 
purity in our lives from sin. Just as 
snow becomes dirty with worldly mat- 
ter, so does our soul. When scraping 
off the dirt, we once more have the 
purity. Likewise when Christ 
"scrapes" off our sins in forgiveness, 
we return to a nearly pure state. We 
must set our goals high to be as 
pure as possible. 

In time of war, a white flag stands 
for truce or peace. Christian lives 



are to be white flags standing for 
peace with our fellow men. A friendly 
atmosphere of peace is best for all 
concerned. 

White is also the reflection of all 
colors. Our lives should have the 
presence of Christ reflecting from 
them all the time. Of course, in order 
that His presence can reflect in our 
lives, we must ourselves be in con- 
stant contact with Him and be ever 
under His guidance. How can we re- 
flect One we don't know ourselves? 
That answer is simple — we can't. 
Therefore, we must first do our part 
in keeping in continual touch with 
Christ. 

Thus, we see the significance of our 
Sisterhood colors. We girls need to 
have each of these characteristics. 
Only then can we begin to realize the 
wondrous happiness in a Christian 
life. May our lives tell of these same 
qualities as our colors — emerald green 
and white. 

Nancy Albright, 

National S. M. M. President 



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HEAR THE WORD of the 
Lord ! . . . And the Lord 
spake unto Moses. . .Tlie Word 
of the Lord came unto Samuel, 
Ezekiel, Jeremiah. . .Moreover 
the Lord said unto me . . . Hear 
the Word which the Lord hath 
spoken. . . ! 

The "Thus saith the Lord" of 
the Old Testament was used to 
impress the people with the fact 
that it was God who was speak- 
ing through the prophets. It was 
used to provoke them to listen, 
but, even as today, it fell on 
ears that refused to hear; 
hearts that were cold and hard- 
ened; minds that were directed 
to an understanding of the ways 
of the world. 



God said, "My people are wise 
to do evil, but to do good they 
have no knowledge" (Jer. 4:22). 
"God, who at sundry times and 
in divers manners spake in time 
past unto the fathers by the 
prophets, hath in these last days 
spoken unto us by his Son" 
(Heb. 1:1, 2a). "All Scripture 
is given by inspiration of God 
and is profitable for doctrine, 
for reproof, for correction, for 
instruction in righteousness : 
That the man of God may be 
perfect, thoroughly furnished 
unto all good works" (H Tim. 
3:16, 17). 

E. H. Bancroft uses the fol- 
lowing illustration: A few years 
ago a party of five, roped to- 



gether, was climbing a precipi 
tous cliff in the Alps. At a criti 
cal point in the assent, th' 
lower-most man lost foothold I 
and dragged after him the nex' 
above, and so on, till the ini 
creased strain caused all th«! 
party to lose their foothold, exi 
cept the leader, who, driving hisi 
axe and alpenstock into the icd 
and bracing himself firmly, en-| 
abled the man next below to re-| 
gain his footing, and so succes- 
sively each of the four once 
more recovered himself, because 
the foremost man had stood the 
strain. 

We are living in days when 
many attacks are being made 
upon our faith — the faith once 
for all delivered to the saints. 
The way often becomes precipi- 
tous; many slip and fall; but if 
in our hearts and minds the Bi- 
ble firmly holds its place, as the 
Word of God, divinely inspired, 
inbreathed of the Holy Ghost, to 
be trusted and believed in every 
part, then our Christian faith 
and life shall firmly stand. But 
if the Bible loses or loosens its 
hold upon us as the infallible 
Word of God, then everything 
goes down into the great abyss 
of darkness and death. 

We need to remember that 
the Word of God is the revela- 
tion of Jesus Christ and of the 
Holy Spirit. It is the revelation 
of the nature and secrets of the 
spiritual life. Without it we have 
no authentic record of Jesus 
Christ the Saviour, no knowl- 
edge of the way of salvation, 
no unfolding of the mystery of 
Godliness, and no unveiling of 
the future life. 

The great English preacher, 
Whitefield, is reported to have 
spoken to a Roman Catholic coal 
miner in the coal fields of Cron- 
wall on the matter of what he 
believed. 

"What do you believe?" asked 
Whitefield. 



arch 4, 1961 

What the church believes," 
as the man's answer. 
"And what does the church 
elieve?" asked Whitefield. 
"What I believe," was the 
taswer. 

j "And what do you both be- 
(eve ?" 

The same thing," was the 
an's reply. 
I It is not enough to believe 
Inly what others believe, or only 
{)ecause others believe. This 
jnay be perpetuating a false 
caching, helping on what Cy- 
prian called "the old age of er- 
ror." God's counsel to us is: 
j'. . .be ready always to give an 
knswer to everyone that asketh 
a reason for the hope that is 
iWithin us" (I Pet. 3:15). 
I God's Spirit, as He inspired 
the pen of Dr. Luke, commended 
[the citizens of Berea because 
"They searched the Scriptures 
daily" (Acts 17:11). The proph- 
et, Isaiah, cries out to us from 
the ages of the past: "Seek ye 
out the book of the Lord, and 
read!" (Is. 34:16). Venturing 
with Christ through the Bible, 
God's Word — Know His Word! 
This is our theme for this first 
month of a new year. I want to 
say today, Brethren, that one 
cannot venture with Christ ex- 
cept through the Word — one 
cannot venture far unless he 
knows God's Word! 

We see many who have taken 
up the banner of faith falling 
by the wayside; we have many 
who are Christian by name who 
cannot begin to give an answer 
for the hope that is in them; 
we hear people cry and complain 
that their Christian experience 
is frustrating, that they are con- 
fused and don't know where to 
turn. Brethren, these things do 
not happen to a faithful, Bible- 
reading, Word-searching Chris- 
tian. A knowledge of the Scrip- 
tures is the necessary key to a 
strong, healthy Christian life. 



Let us briefly look at some of 
the great values of the Word of 
God. 

I. The Word of God is a mir- 
ror. "For if any be a hearer of 
the word, and not a doer, he is 
like unto a man beholding his 
natural face in a glass: For he 
beholdeth himself, and goeth his 
way, and straightway forget- 
teth what manner of man he 
was: But whosoever looketh in- 
to the perfect law of liberty, and 
continueth therein, he being not 
a forgetful hearer, but a doer 
of the work, this man shall be 
blessed in his deeds" (James 1: 
23-25). Just as a mirror reveals 
the blemishes and imperfections 
in the physical reflection, so the 
Word of God reflects the imper- 
fections and weaknesses of the 
spiritual life. It helps the sin- 
ner to see his sin; it helps the 
child of God to compare himself 
with a holy and righteous God, 
and to recognize his constant 
need of the Lord. 




Page Nine 

II. The Word of God is life- 
giving (seed). "Being born again, 
not of corruptible seed, but of 
incorruptible, by the word of 
God, which liveth and abideth 
forever" (I Pet. 1:23). In the 
parable of the sower, recorded 
by Matthew and Luke, "The 
seed is the Word of God." It is 
as our lives receive the "seed" 
that they become alive and 
fruitful. The wonderful "Fruits 
of the Spirit" (Gal. 5) can only 
come after the "seed" is sown 
and finds f ertfle ground in which 
to grow. But it is the Word that 
is life-giving. 

III. The Word of God cleanses 
and purifies. "Now ye are clean 
through the word which I have 
spoken unto you" (John 15:3). 
"Sanctify them through thy 
word" (John 17:17). "Christ al- 
so loved the church, and gave 
himself for it; that he might 
sanctify and cleanse it with the 
washing of water by the word, 
that he might present it to him- 
self a glorious church, not hav- 
ing spot, or wrinkle, or any such 
thing; but that it should be holy 
and without blemish" (Eph. 5: 
25b-27). A "plunge" into the 
Word might be rightly called "a 
spiritual bath." 

IV. The Word of God lights 
the Christian's way. "Thy word 
is a lamp unto my feet, and a 
Hght unto my path" (Ps. 119: 
105). Truly in this dark, uncer- 
tain world in which we live, we 
need the light of God to guide 
us in paths of right living. 

V. The Word of God equips 
one for the work and the war- 
fare of the Christian life. "The 
sword of the Spirit is the word 
of God" (Eph. 6:17). Our battle 
is not "with flesh and blood" but 
with the powers of evil and 
wickedness. Jesus gave us an ex- 
ample of the use of the Word 
as the sword of the Spirit in 
His temptation in the wilder- 
ness. Only in God's Word do we 



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learn of God's way — only 
through a knowledge of this 
way can we equip ourselves to 
do His Work. 

VI. The Word of God adorns 
and enriches the Christian life 
like gold and iine apparel are 
used to adorn the physical body. 
"The law of the Lord is perfect 
. . .The statutes of the Lord are 
right. . .The judgments of the 
Lord are true and righteous al- 
together. . .More to be desired 
are they than fine gold, yea, 
than much fine gold" (Ps. 19: 
7a, 8a, 9b, 10a) . How we admire 
a man who can quote the Word ! 
Often we wish that we could as 
readily quote an appropriate 
Scripture verse. But such abil- 
ity only comes to those who are 
willing to give time to the read- 
ing and searching of the Scrip- 
tures. 

VIL The Word of God is sat- 
isfying and sustaining. "Man 
shall not live by bread alone, but 
by every word that proceedeth 
out of the mouth of God" (Matt. 
4:4). "As newborn babes, desire 
the sincere milk of the word, 
that ye may grow thereby" (I 
Pet. 2:2). See also such pas- 



sages as I Cor. 3:lflf and Ps. 19: 
10b. 

"Seek ye out the book of the 
Lord, and read: no one of these 
shall fail, none shall want her 
mate: for my mouth it hath 
commanded, and his spirit it 
hath gathered them" (Is. 34:16). 
The Hebrew used here would in- 
dicate an "entering into the 
book — a searching into the 
book." The reasons given by 
God are: My mouth hath com- 
manded it, my breath hath 
brought them together. "Heav- 
en and earth shall pass away: 
but my words shall not pass 
away" (Luke 21:33). The "my 
words" as used here by Jesus 
might be said to refer more di- 
rectly to those things which are 
recorded in the New Testament. 
"Verily I say unto you, till heav- 
en and earth pass, one jot or 
one tittle shall in no wise pass 
from the law, till all be fulfilled" 
(Matt. 5:18). The words "the 
law" used here by Jesus might 
be said to refer more directly 
to the Old Testament. Though 
all earth and hell should join to- 
gether to hinder the accomplish- 
ment of the great designs of 



God, yet it shall be in vain. Thf 
Word of God which points oul 
His designs, is as unchanging' 
as nature itself. Every sinnei' 
who perseveres in his sin shal 
be punished; every soul thai 
turns to God shall be saved as: 
surely as Jesus Christ lived and 
died. God's Word is as eternal 
as God himself! 

"All scripture is given by in- 
spiration of God, and is profit- j 
able for doctrine, for reproof,' 
for correction, for instruction in' 
righteousness: that the man of 
God may be perfect, thoroughly 
furnished unto all good works" 
(II Tim. 3:16, 17). Dr. William 
Lyon Phelps, professor of Eng- 
lish at Yale, is credited with 
saying: "I believe in a college 
education for both men and wo- 
men; but I believe the knowl- 
edge of the Bible without a col- 
lege education is more valuable' 
than a college education with- 
out a knowledge of the Bible." 
Brethren, Know His Word! 

(A message preached in the 
First Brethren Church of Hag- 
erstown, Maryland, on January 
8, 1961.) 





Spiritual Meditcitions 

Dydl Belote 

"I KNOW." DO YOU? 

"I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that 
he is able to keep that which I have committed unto 
him against that day" II Timothy 1:12. 

A traveler tells of an experience of his, which forms 
a fine setting for our devotions. On a train on which 
he was traveling, two men took seats opposite him in 
the car. Soon one of the men was engaged in a rabid 
tirade against the church. He began questioning the 
truths of the Bible. 

The other quietly, but with equal firmness, and ab- 
solute conviction, gave testimony to his faith in God. 
He stated his conviction that divine promises as set 



forth in the Bible could be taken on faith and in turn 
proved true by experience. 

After the unbelieving passenger had left the train, 
the quiet defender of the faith turned to the author 
of the story and said, "I know whereof I speak, for one 
year ago I was so addicted to drink that I could do 
nothing about it in my own strength. And neither could 
I find anyone to help me. No friend, no relative, no 
doctor, no hospital to which I went, and no minister could 
do more for me than to pray for me and direct me to 
the source of all power. Now my craving for liquor 
has been removed and I know there is a God of love, 
wisdom and power. I know." Men may not understand, 
or be able to comprehend the workings of the Holy Spir- 
it in the liearts and minds of men, but, those who have 
experienced the workings of that Holy Spirit, know. 
The things of the soul are foolishness to men, but in 
the experiences of the Christian they are "the power 
of God and the wisdom of God." 

The hymn-writer has put the truth most beautifully 
in the song, "He Lives Within My Heart." "You ask me 
how I know He lives; He lives within my heart." DO 
YOU KNOW? 



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jiarch 4, 1961 

ifl Special 'Report 

from the Veace Gommittee 



j MILLARD MACKALL, a member 
W the Vinco, Pennsylvania, Brethren 
Church and recent graduate in chem- 
iistry from Ashland College, is pres- 
jently serving the two-year obligation 
to his country in a hospital at Wil- 
liamsport, Pennsylvania. 
I This brief article demonstrates 
how he is able to continue using his 
knowledge of chemistry to serve his 
country — ^in keeping with his Chris- 
tian convictions of conscientiously ob- 
jecting to warfare. 



The Peace Committee expresses its 
appreciation to Millard for his will- 
ingness to share his viewpoint and 
present work with the readers of 
THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST. 
May this help each of us to take a 
new look at the Christian young per- 
son's responsibility to actively work 
for peace among the nations of the 
world. 

If any young people would like 
more information about Alternative 
Service, please write the undersigned. 



Rev. Phil Lersch, chairman 
General Conference Peace Committee 
707 Park Street 
Ashland, Ohio 



TN THIS DAY of uneasy peace, we 
hear talk of world disarmament 
from all corners of the earth. Despite 
all this talk, the majority of our 
country's young men are being in- 
ducted into the armed forces and be- 
ing instructed in warfare. 

Many of our young men do not 
realize that they need not take part 
in this type of service. There are 
other ways to serve your country and 
fellow-men while, at the same time, 
living entirely under the law of our 
land and also the laws of our Maker. 

There are available, to those young 
men whose beliefs and convictions 
prohibit their participation in war- 
fare, various jobs which are essential 
to our national safety, health, or in- 
terest which may be substituted for 
military service. These jobs are di- 
rectly controlled by the draft board 
and are entirely subject to its ap- 
proval. 

Although there are various types 
of acceptable "alternative services," 



many of the jobs are at hospitals. 
The majority of the hospital workers 
are farm hands on state hospital 
farms or orderlies and food service 
workers in state and city hospitals. 
However, if the applicant is better 
qualified to work in some other de- 
partment, he may be placed where he 
can best apply his special skills or 
aptitudes. 

Since I am registered with my 
draft board as a conscientious ob- 
jector, I received notifications from 
the board of several available jobs 
at hospitals. One of these notifica- 
tions was for an orderly and a food 
service worker at the Williamsport, 
Pennsylvania, Hospital. After an ex- 
change of letters with the hospital 
administrator, I found that I had a 
good chance of being placed in the 
hospital chemistry laboratory. After 
a personal interview with the hos- 
pital administrator and the head of 
the laboratory, I was given an offer 
for work in the chemistry lab. I ac- 
cepted the offer and have now served 



several months of my twenty-four 
month commitment. 

I, along with several other techni- 
cians, perform the chemical blood 
tests required at the hospital. I use 
several pieces of equipment found in 
a common industrial chemical lab- 
oratory. My work schedule is the 
same as the other technicians at the 
hospital. I live as any other civilian 
in an apartment near the hospital. I 
am under commitment to the draft 
board to remain an employee of this 
hospital for a period of twenty-four 
consecutive months. At the end of 
this period I shall have fulfilled my 
two-year sei'vice obligation and will 
return to private industrial chemistry. 

I believe that much more can be ac- 
complished toward a world of peace 
by serving the country in ways such 
as hospital work or by other alterna- 
tive services than by training for 
war — war being the very thing we all 
profess to oppose. 

Millard Mackall. 



(Anyone wishing further personal 
information about this work may con- 
tact Millard at the following address: 
718 Rural Avenue, Williamsport, 
Pennsylvania.) 



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TUCSON'S 



"Thrill of the year--1 




Rev. Vernon Grisso 



Duane Dickson 



Dick Godwin 



Don Rlnehort 



THE THRILL OF THE YEAR— 1960, in the Tucson, 
Arizona, First Brethren Church has been the move 
toward Christian Commitment and Ashland College and 
Seminary. 

Pastor Vernon Grisso — Ashland College 1937 and Semi- 
nary 1940, reports that after nine years of talking Ash- 
land College and Seminary in Tucson, the results are 
gratifying for the labor thereof. "This is a start," says 
Grisso. The Tucson church was started in 1951. 

Duane Dickson — entered the Seminary in January 1960. 
He is 33 years of age, married, wife Helen; they have 
a son and a daughter. Dickson was employed in the 
office of Howard Hughes plant in Tucson; also a former 
Sunday School Superintendent. 



Dick Godwin — entered the Seminary in the Summei] 
of 1960. He is 33 years of age, married, wife Virginia;) 
they have one daughter. Godwin formerly operated his 
own Super Service Station in Tucson. I 

Don Rinehart — will enter the Seminary September, 1961. 
He is 24 years of age, married, wife Janet; both grad- 
uated from Ashland College — 1959. He is Physical Edu- 
cation director and coach at a Junior High School in 
Tucson and also is taking work in counseling at the 
University of Arizona. Don and Janet are Senior Breth- 
ren Youth Directors. 

Frank Barker — will enter the Seminary September, 
1961. He is 33 years of age, married, wife Audrey; they 
have two sons and a daughter. He is employed by the 



tfarch 4, 1961 



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Frank Barker 



Tom Grisso 



Darlene James 



Bev Parker 



'ower and Light Company of Tucson. He is a former 
iunday School Superintendent, and is now directing an 
xtensive visitation campaign for our church. 

Tom Grisso — is a Freshman at Ashland College this 
ear. Tom graduated from Rincon High School — 1960. 
s a former Brethren Youth President. 

Darlene James — is a Freshman at Ashland College this 
ear, she graduated from Catalina High School — 1960. 
Ihe is our former Sunday School Pianist. 

Beverly Parker — will enter Ashland College next fall 
-1961. She is a Senior at Rincon High School now and 
'resident of our Brethren Youth. 

All but Duane Dickson and Tom Grisso became Breth- 
en in the Tucson church and they had only become 



Brethren a couple of years previous. ALL have com- 
mitted their lives to Christian Service while in Tucson, 
to be used as the Lord might direct them. Tucson Breth- 
ren thank God for this evidence of definitely deeper 
spiritual answers to His Call. It is hard to have such 
leadership depart from Tucson Brethren, but it can only 
mean a greater service from a humble beginning. This 
has been our "thrill" from the Lord in 1960. 

Two thousand miles to go to College — and they could 
have gone so much cheaper right at the University in 
their own town! 

What is "cheap" where Christian commitment is con- 
cerned ? 



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CHRISTMAS AT THE KINGS 

TO HONOR THE KING OF KINGS 




Tfie Reverend L V. King Family 



FROM Nigeria, West Africa; from 
Argentina, South America; from 
California, New York and Ohio, they 
came — the five daughters of Rev. and 
Mrs. L. V. King, to be with their par- 
ents for Christmas, 1960. With them 
to the parental home in Louisville, 
Ohio — the parsonage of the Louisville 
Brethren Church — came their hus- 
bands and their children. The family 
circle — the Kings, the five couples 
and their fifteen children — was com- 
plete. 

This very remarkable gathering 
began some years ago when a young, 
aspiring and promising Brethren 



preacher took Bessie Humphrey to be 
his bride. As this young couple served 
in various Brethren pastorates, five 
girls were born unto them. 

Mary Elizabeth was the first-bom. 
Twins, Jane and Janet, were next, 
followed by another set of twins, 
Bemice and Beatrice. These five were 
well-known throughout the Brethren 
denomination as the "King girls"^ — 
active in church. Sisterhood and youth 
work. 

The years passed. Mary married 
Donald Pensel, now owner of the 
Dunham's Bay Boat Company, Lake 
George, New York. Mary is a school 



teacher at Lake George. The Pen- 
sels have two children, Marilyn, 11; 
and George, 6. 

Jane married Robert 0. Byler, 
forming a missionary couple to our 
mission field in Argentina. They have 
completed two extended terms since 
October 1948, and are now on fur- 
lough, residing in Louisville. Their 
five children are: Susan, 14; David, 
11; Steven, 9%; Betsy, 5y2; and 
Becky, 3. All but Susan were born in 
Argentina. 

Janet spent 2% years in missionary 
service in Jos, Nigeria, Africa. Dur- 
ing this time she was an elementary 



March 4, 1961 



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teacher in the school for missionary 
children. Since her return to the 
States she has married Stanley Fox 
who is with the Ohio Department of 
Education, Columbus, Ohio. They 
have two children; Philip, 2; and 
Steven, six months. 

Beatrice married Robert Bischof, 
forming the second missionary couple 
to come from this family. Bob and 
Bea have completed two terms at our 
Nigeria, Africa, mission field since 
November 1952. They, likewise, are 
on furlough and are residing in Louis- 
ville. They have two children: Bar- 
bara, 4%; and Bobby, twenty-two 
months. 

Bernice is married to William 
Dersch, of San Jose, California, where 
he is employed as an electronics en- 
gineer with I. B. M. Corp. Their four 
children are: Bonnie, 12; Chris, 5; 
Beth, 2; and Timothy, three months. 

Both the Bylers and the Bischofs 
served a nvmiber of years in Breth- 
ren pastorates prior to going to their 
respective mission fields. 

This was the first Christmas in 13 
years in which the entire family has 
been together, and the first the 15 
grandchildren have ever been togeth- 
er at one time. 



Interesting sidelights of this fam- 
ily reunion included the eating of 
their main meal each day together 
as a group in the dining room of the 
Louisville Brethren Church where 
Brother King is the pastor; sleeping 
arrangements and breakfasts and 
lunches taken care of by dividing 
the group between the residences of 
the Kings, the Bylers and the Bis- 
chofs; the taking of pictures such as 
the one which accompanies this sto- 
ry; and a week-long fellowship of 
loved ones for many years separated. 



IN THE PICTURE: The families 
are grouped together. 

The Pensels are standing in the 
back row, center, with their daughter 
between them and their boy in front 
of Mary. 

The Bylers are to the right side, 
with Rob standing, Susan next to him, 
Jane seated, and the other four chil- 
dren kneeling or seated in front of 
them. 

The Dersches are seated in the left 
front, with their four children kneel- 
ing or seated with them. 



The Foxes are to the left side hold- 
ing their children, with Janet seated. 

The Bischofs are between the Foxes 
and the Pensels; Bea is holding their 
boy and their girl is in front of Bob. 

Brother and Sister King are seated 
in the center of the picture sur- 
rounded by their children and re- 
spective husbands, and their children's 
children. 

As we mentioned earlier, this was 
a very remarkable gathering in that 
it was possible to gather the entire 
group together from the "four cor- 
ners" of the earth at one time. It 
is even more remarkable that this 
faithful pastoral couple was privi- 
leged to rear this family of girls, and 
to see the fruits of their steward- 
ship evidenced in the total years of 
missionary and other Christian ser- 
vice on the part of the entire group 
— for all are active in church work 
in one form or another. Unselfish 
and dedicated service to the cause of 
Christ has been the trademark of this 
family throughout the years. 



Picture by the Louisville Herald, 
Paul Clapper, Editor. 



World Religious News 

in Review 



ANNOUNCE "NATIONAL CHILD 
EVANGELISM WEEK" 

National Child Evangelism Week 
will be observed February 26 through 
March 5, 1961. Dr. Frank R. Mann, 
Director of United States Division of 
Child Evangelism Fellowship, has an- 
nounced that the theme of the week 
will be ". . .greatest in the Kingdom" 
(taken from Matthew 18:4). 

Local Fellowship groups are plan- 
ning special activities in churches and 
service clubs to make known their 
work of reaching unchurched children. 

Last year more than one million 
children in the U. S. were enrolled 
in activities of Child Evangelism Fel- 
lowship by 35,000 volunteer workers. 
Boys and girls between the ages of 



4 to 14 are reached in "Good News 
Clubs," open-air classes, 5-day clubs, 
fair booths, vacation Bible schools, 
camps and special classes. 

In proclaiming National Child 
Evangelism Week, Governor Mark O. 
Hatfield of Oregon said, "It is esti- 
mated that more than 32 million chil- 
dren under thirteen years of age do 
not attend any church. This figure is 
truly disturbing when we realize the 
great moral challenges which these 
children will be called upon to face as 
adults. 

"It is essential that the individual 
has freedom of worship, but expe- 
rience teaches us that those who have 
a firm spiritual commitment are cap- 
able of making a greater contribu- 
tion to the society in which they live. 



"We should all be willing to assist 
and encourage those organizations 
which bring the vital truths and phil- 
osophy of the Bible into the homes 
and lives of our young people." (EP) 



ELECTRONIC COMPUTERS USED 
IN DEAD SEA RESEARCH 

PHILADELPHIA (EP)— As schol- 
ars seek to unravel the mysteries of 
the Dead Sea Scrolls, they are aided 
in their research in these ancient 
dociunents by modern high-speed 
electronic computers. 

J. P. Bessinger, associate profes- 
sor of English at the University of 
Toronto, told the 75th annual con- 
vention of the Modern Language As- 
sociation here that the computers 
come up with answers to words partly 
or totally obliterated in the scrolls 
through analysis of word frequencies, 
sentences and contexts. 

Emphasizing the importance of such 
"mechanical brains," Bessinger pointed 
out that a few specialists completed 
in a year's time the indexing of the 
complete writings of St. Thomas 
(Continued on page 18) 



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Uiiday School 

Lesson Comments 

William H. Anderson 

Topic! coprrighted by the Intcnuttooal Council of Rtlisiooc BdacatI 



Lesson for March 12, 1961 

CHRIST IS WITH US 
Lesson: John 14:1, 15-27 

"LO, I AM WITH YOU alway, even unto the end 
of the world" (Matt. 28:20), said Christ to His disciples. 
Yet, within a very short time after uttering these words, 
Christ left them! They were alone — and yet — they were 
not alone. For He was still with them in the Person 
of the Holy Spirit. 

Christianity is paradoxical in nature. No one feels so 
much "alone" in the world as the Christian. He is a 
minority in the midst of the majority. At the same time 
the true Christian senses that he is never really "lonely". 
He is always conscious of the Abiding Presence of God 
in his life. 

Christ said to His disciples: "Behold, the hour cometh 
...that ye... shall leave Me alone: and yet I am not 
alone, because the Father is with Me" (Jn. 16:32). 

In John 14, Christ sought to still the disciples' fears. 
From His words we take comfort and strength. 

CHRIST DESIRED HIS CHILDREN TO BE WITH 

HIM — "Let not your heart be troubled...! go to pre- 
pare a place for you. . .1 will come again, and receive 
you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be 
also" (vs. 1-3). 
The day is coming when all Believers. . . 

1. WILL BE WITH CHRIST 

2. WILL BE LIKE CHRIST 

3. WILL SEE CHRIST. 

Dr. Alexander Maclaren, the great Scottish expositor, 
spoke with spiritual warmth and vitality on this blessed 
theme : 

"Christ, as I have been saying, is Heaven. His pres- 
ence is all that we need for peace, for joy, for purity, 
for rest, for love, for growth. . . 

"Is Jesus Christ so much to you that a heaven which 
consists in nearness and likeness to Him has any at- 
traction for you ? Let Him be your Saviour, your Sac- 
rifice, your Helper, your Companion. Obey Him as your 
King, love Him as your Friend, trust Him as your All. 
And be sure that then the darkness will be but the 
shadow of His hand, and instead of dreading death 
as that which separates you from life and love and 
action and joy, you will be able to meet it peacefully, 
as that which rends the thin veil, and unites you 
with Him who is the Heaven of heavens." 

CHRIST DESIRED HIS CHILDREN TO BE COM- 
FORTED— "And I will pray the Father, and He shall 



give you another Comforter, that He may abide with 
you for ever" (v. 16). 

Other versions translate "Comforter" as "Counselor." 

"And just who... is this Counselor? It is the Spirit 
of truth. This promised Counselor is the Holy Spirit, 
sent to guide, inspire, strengthen, sanctify. Sometimes 
it is translated, 'One who is summoned to the side 
of another' — like a lawyer or advocate, to stand as 
counsel for the defense in a court of justice" (Frank 
S. Mead). 

Thus, the word used to describe the Blessed Holy 
Spirit means more than "Comforter." Comfort is only 
one of His many ministries. But this is one phase of 
the Spirit's work which is always sorely needed by the 
people of God! And Christ knew this; therefore. He 
said: "I will not leave you comfortless" (vs. 18). 

Charles H. Gabriel, the song writer-poet, expressed the 
comforting power of Christ in these words: 

"There's One who can comfort when all else fails, 

Jesus, blessed Jesus; 
A Saviour who saves tho' the foe assails, 

Jesus, blessed Jesus. 

• • • 

When from loved ones we're called to part. 
When the tears in our anguish start. 

None can comfort the breaking heart 
Like Jesus, blessed Jesus." 

CHRIST DESIRED HIS CHILDREN TO BE IN- 
DWELT WITH HIS PRESENCE— "At that day ye shall 
know that I am in My Father, and ye in Me, and I in 
you" (vs. 20). 

Paul spoke of the great mystery which had been 
hidden from the saints of old but now has been revealed: 
"Which is Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Col. 1:27). 

Actually, the Christian is indwelt by all three mem- 
bers of the Holy Trinity. John, in this 14th chapter of 
his gospel, records the words of Jesus which mention: 

1. The Indwelling Spirit— "He (the Spirit of truth) 
dwelleth with you, and shall be in you" (vs. 17). 

2. The Indwelling Son — "At that day ye shall know that 
I (Christ) am in My Father, and ye in Me, and I in you" 
(vs. 20). 

3. The Indwelling Father — "If a man love Me, he will 
keep My words: and My Father will love him, and we 
(Christ and the Father) will come unto him, and make 
our (Christ and the Father) abode with him" (vs. 23). 

"By reason of the unity of the Godhead and the Di- 
vinity of the sent Spirit, Jesus Christ and the Spirit 
whom He sends are inseparable though separate, and 
so indissolubly united that where the Spirit is, there 
is Christ, and where Christ is, there is the Spirit. . . 
We stand here on the margin of a shoreless and fath- 
omless sea ... I accept the statement that the Father 
and the Son and the Holy Spirit come together and 
dwell in the heart" (Maclaren). 

And so the Christian is never alone! "I will never leave 
thee, nor forsake thee," is the Divine promise (Heb. 
13:5). Thank God for this! 




THERE WAS CALM 

"In the tombs and in the mountains," 

Grim, forbidding all about, 
Dwelt that haunted, hopeless creature, 

Torn within and torn without. 
From his home and village driven 

To this wilderness redoubt. 

Never was there man could tame him, 
Till one day, with fiendish roar, 

Down the rocky steep he bounded. 

Charged the group that came ashore; 

But the Man who stepped to meet him 
Was a man — and He was more ! 

Now the raging soul is quiet. 
Sitting clothed upon the ground; 

Even Peter has no comment. 
As, in awe, they gather round: 

Gentle waves upon the seashore. 
And a tranquil hush profound. 

— Fred Schreffler 



M^S,^ 



FEARS made the demoniac ferocious (Mk. 
But when he saw Jesus he worshipped Him 
(v. 6). It was Jesus Who took away his devilish fears 
(vs. 7, 8). When Jesus had delivered the man from the 
devils that possessed him, he sat at the feet of Jesus, 
"clothed, and in his right mind" (Lu. 8:35). The Bible 
has much to say about "a sound mind" (2 Tim. 1:7). 
There is "a wicked mind" (Prov. 21:27) with a hardened 
face (v. 29). That mind had "no peace" (Isa. 57:20, 21). 
But God has promised healing for such a mind turned 
penitent (vs. 18, 19). 

"Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind, 
Sight, riches, healing of the mind, 
Yea, all I need in Thee to find, 
Lamb of God, I come! I come!" 
There is so much comfort in the above lines (Matt. 5:3, 
4)! 



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Nebuchadnezzar became insane because his heart was 
lifted up and his mind hardened in pride (Dan. 5:20, 21). 
When he gave God His rightful place Nebuchadnezzar's 
sanity was restored (4:34). God gave wilful sinners over 
to a reprobate and perverted mind (Rom. 1:28-31). 
Again, no peace (Rom. 3:16-18). The fleshly mind is 
hostile to God (8:7) seeking to fulfill unholy desires 
(Eph. 2:3). But "by faith" all such may come to "have 
peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Rom. 
5:1). Sin can only lead to a frightening fearfulness (Isa. 
21:4). But whoever has a pure love of God and trusts 
Him shall have his life emptied of fear and its tor- 
ments (1 Jn. 4:18). There is the agitated mind that 
seeks to serve two masters (Rom. 7:22-24). As always, 
"Christ is the answer" (v. 25). Only Christ can set 
that mind free (Jn. 8:36). We were not intended to have 
a mind of our own (Rom. 12:2) but we are to love the 
Lord our God with all of our mind (Matt. 22:37). Other- 
wise, we become "vainly puffed up" (Col. 2:18), "alien- 
ated and enemies" (Col. 1:21). 

Christ has made our salvation peace by the blood of 
His cross (Col. 1:20-23). He has made us heirs of His 
peace which sustained Him in all His trials (Jn. 14:27). 
In Him we have peace (16:33), as we keep "looking 
unto Jesus" (Isa. 26:3). So, we have peace with God 
(Rom. 5:1), and we also have "the peace of God" for 
the keeping of the heart and mind (Phil. 4:7). Yet 200 
million dollars will be spent in 1961 for more than 30 
different brands of tranquilizers in a quest of self-control 
instead of the quietness and peace that comes through 
Holy Spirit control by way of surrender to and faith in 
Christ, who* alone can give true quietness and peace 
(Matt. 11:28). 

We have to think God's thoughts after Him for san- 
ity of thought and life (Isa. 55:9). We are admonished 
to "have the mind of Christ" (Phil. 2:5). Such gives 
the disposition of kindness and humbleness (Col. 3:12). 
Christ's mind gives unity in the home and among be- 
lievers (Phil. 1:27; 2:2). It gives compassion and pro- 
tection (1 Pet. 3:8; 4:1). Paul had the mind of Christ 
(1 2:16). Make Psalm 19:14 your prayer. 



Substitute cheerful attitudes for depressing 
ones and you will replace fatigue with energy, 
and tap hidden reserves of vitality. Boredom, re- 
sentment, hopelessness and in-decision are poison- 
ous. Interest, anticipation, resolution are stimuli 
of energy and health. 



A LAMP, BUT NO LIGHT 

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light 
unto my path" (Psalm 119:105). 

One dark night in Africa some native girls 
were making a journey from their mission school 
on foot. Their teacher had given Ma-tabo the 
lamp to carry, but no light shone. "Where is the 
lamp, Ma-tabo?" she asked. Ma-tabo took it out 



from under her blanket. "Here it is. Miss," she 
said. Then the teacher lighted the lamp and the 
whole pathway became light. 

We can carry God's Word with us just as Ma- 
tabo carried the lamp, but if we do not use it, 
it will not light our path. 

God's Word can be light only when we read 
it and let it shine forth from our lives. 

— Sel. 



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tinday School Suggestion 

from \he National S. S. Board 




Dick Winfield 

"GO YE THEREFORE..." TEACHERS 

VISIT! To improve your teaching ministry. 
"Holding forth the word of life. . ." Philippians 2:16. 

At first thought, "holding forth the Word of life" to 
a Sunday school class may seem a simple process. But 
let us ask ourselves some pointed questions regarding 
the effectiveness of our teaching. 

Are we holding forth the Word on a level where each 
individual pupil in the class can grasp it? 

Are we making the Word so attractive that our pupils 
want to grasp it ? 

Are we presenting the Word in such a manner that it 
will meet the individual needs of each individual mem- 
ber in our class? 

Of course, we realize the need of training for our 
task. We would not attempt to teach a Sunday school 
class without availing ourselves of the training classes 
sponored by the Sunday school. We read books and ar- 
ticles dealing with the specific age group we teach and 
with approved methods in general. But even this is 
not enough. We must become well acquainted with in- 
dividual pupils, and this can be accomplished only by 
visiting in their homes. 

In the home we discover the prevailing attitude to- 
ward God, the Bible, Christian living. We learn what 
temptations and problems our pupil faces from day to 



day. We observe his attitude toward other members of 
his family and their attitude toward him. We learn 
something of the neighborhood in which he lives. This 
knowledge will help us to prepare the Sunday school 
lesson and present it on Sunday morning. Of course we 
will seldom, if ever, make personal references to our 
pupils' everyday living as we apply the truth of the les- 
son. Yet the pupils will find that we are holding out 
to them just what they need from God's Word. 

Visiting our class members will prove beneficial in 
other ways. Pupils will be more interested in the class, 
more anxious to hear what we have to say, since we 
have shown our interest by visiting them. We will feel 
closer to each one, and will be able to pray earnestly 
and definitely for their needs. We ourselves will draw 
closer to God as we pray for them. 

So, for the sake of our pupils, for the sake of a more 
effective teaching ministry, for our own sakes, let us 
VISIT! 



Next Week— "VISIT! To Build the Sunday School" 



Pastors! Superintendents! Sunday School Workers! 
How is your Sunday school coming along with the Stand- 
ard of Excellence? Are you meeting all of its goals? 
How many Workers' Conferences have you held? Re- 
member, six required; ten recommended. Are you adding 
new books to your S. S. library? With half of the year 
gone you should have added at least five by now. Re- 
member the need for Teacher Training courses. A min- 
imum of two must be registered with the Sunday School 
Board to qualify. So far very few churches have even 
registered one! And, in accordance with the above ar- 
ticle and the one to follow next week, what about visita- 
tion. This, too, is one of the goals of the Standard, and 
besides that, is a vital part of the growing Sunday 
school's program. 



RELIGIOUS NEWS 

(Continued from page 15) 

Aquinas — 13 million words — a task 
that would have taken 50 scholars 
some 40 years. 

MOSCOW RADIO PUSHES 
ANTI-SEMITIC BOOK 

MOSCOW (EP)— A new book, is- 
sued by a government publishing 
house here and promoted energetically 
by Moscow Radio, reportedly outlines 
"the great harmfulness and the re- 
actionary principles of Judaism and 
its policies, which are hostile to the 
peoples' interests." 

Title of the new volume is The 
Truth About the Torah and Talmud. 
The announcement came as some- 
what of a surprise because the Com- 
munist government has repeatedly 
stressed that Jews possibly more 
than any others, "enjoy complete 
religious freedom" in the USSR. 



NEW LUTHERAN 
DENOMINATION OFFICIALLY 
BEGINS 

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (EP)— The 
American Lutheran Church officially 
began with the new year on January 
1, 1961, uniting into one the old 
American, Evangelical and United 
Evangelical Lutheran Churches. The 
new denomination brought together 
2,258,092 Lutherans into one common 
denomination. 

Some 90 executives and senior staff 
members in national or regional work 
were installed in 37 of the congrega- 
tions from Washington to Palo Alto, 
Calif. Most of them were installed 
in Twin Cities' churches in Minnesota. 

TALC will be the third largest of 
the nation's Lutheran bodies, exceeded 
only by the United Lutheran Church 
in America and the Lutheran Church- 
Missouri Synod, and one of the ten 
largest Protestant denominations. 
Headquarters will be in Minneapolis. 




Aren't we having fur 
this new Evangelist? 



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1 SARASOTA DOES IT AGAIN 

j Sunday, January 29, the closing day of a two-month 
('Honor Rally," proved to be the crowning day of this 
effort. Goals had been set for the four weeks in Decem- 
ber and the five weeks in January. For the morning 
worship the goal was 251; for Sunday School — 200; for 
the Wednesday mid-week prayer and Bible study — 50. 
We over-reached both the worship service and mid-week 
goals and only missed the Sunday school by 15. In 
Florida, Sunday schools have the trouble of a fluctuat- 
ing attendance. The 185 was reached in December on the 
I first Sunday of our campaign. The mid-week service 
■rose to the high of 51 in mid-January. Then to crown 
it all the morning worship record was broken again 
with an attendance of 257 on the final day of the cam- 
paign. But to us here in Sarasota the real victory is the 
average attendance rise. In December our average at- 
tendance at the worship service was 212 and then in 
January it rose to 232, with an average for the two- 
month effort reaching 222. The two-month average for 
Sunday school was 130; the mid-week service was 46. 
We feel that this is a challenge to many of our older 
and well established churches in the north. Yes, Sarasota 
is still on the move. 

Other vital statistics well worth reporting are as fol- 
lows: six new members were baptized and received in- 
to the church in January, bringing the total to 38 re- 
ceived in the first year Brother Hamel has been our 
pastor. Ninety-nine were in attendance at our Com- 
munion. New contacts and new prospects are the con- 
stant order of the day. Our church is well known and 
respected, not alone in our community but in the county 
and the entire city of Sarasota. 

Fred C. Vanator. 



tet were sponsored by the youth in Sunday evening ser- 
vices. 

During the year a Junior Church and also a Junior 
Choir were formed. In the Junior department of Sunday 
School the children had a project of "pennies for the 
Argentina radio work." Also being organized in the past 
year was the Junior Woman's Missionary Society for 
the younger women. 

Rev. Harold Garland, former pastor, held our spring 
revival with two souls being saved. In November, Rev. 
V. Geren returned for the second year to hold our fall 
revival. Ten first-time confessions and several rededica- 
tions were made. Rev. Geren held a morning Bible study 
for those who showed a desire to search the scriptures. 
The pastor served as evangelist in pre-Easter services 
for the Mansfield church. Rev. Wilbur Thomas, Mansfield 
pastor, gave a report of this meeting in an earlier issue 
of the Evangelist. 

Our church served as host to the Ohio District Con- 
ference in July. Also, as host to the Miami Valley Youth 
Rally in September and WMS Rally in October. The 
Junior WMS had as guest speaker, Mrs. Mae Evans, 
superintendent of Friends Home for Unwed Girls in Co- 
lumbus, and invited the other WMS's in the valley. 

A farewell party was given the latter part of August 
for three of our girls who left for college. Carol Eubanks 
attends Ashland College, Donna Brixey, Taylor Univer- 
sity and Barbara Denius, Moody Bible Institute. Barbara 
was a member of the trio and also a BYC leader. The 
other girls were also active in the church work. 

Professor Charles Munson helped the pastor in or- 
dination services of three couples called by the church 
to serve as deacons and deaconesses. The pastor and 
deacons and deaconesses meet regularly to discuss the 
spiritual needs and also the problems of the church. 

Also during the year the parsonage dining room was 
remodeled into a large kitchen with beautiful birch cabi- 
nets, tile flooring and new lighting. The small kitchen 
is now used as a utility room. The exterior of the church 
is to be painted as soon as weather permits. The need of 
more room or perhaps a new church has been presented 
to the congregation but no definite action has been 
taken as yet. 

The Lord is blessing at West Alexandria and we are 
grateful. 

Claude R. Stogsdill, pastor. 



WEST ALEXANDRIA, OHIO 

Heeding the challenge of Brother C. C. Grisso "to wipe 
the dust off of your typewriter and send in those articles 
of interest," we will attempt to list a few of the ac- 
tivities and happenings of the church here. We have 
had many reasons for rejoicing this past year. At the 
top of the list would be listed "souls being saved." After 
many months of sowing the seed, the harvest finally be- 
gan in January. Seven precious young people accepted 
the Lord and from that time forward there seemed to 
be a spirit of revival with souls being saved throughout 
the year with over twenty-five flrst-time confessions and 
several rededications. Dedicated Sunday School teachers 
and Brethren Youth leaders helped bring this harvest. 

We have both a Jimior and a Senior BYC group. In 
the year that they have been organized they have brought 
the attendance banner home twice from youth rallies. 
The singing Martin family and the Good Ship Zion quar- 



A CONFESSION 

"Almighty God, as I sit here this lovely Sunday 
morning, surrounded by the paper, and half lis- 
tening to one of the big preachers over the radio, 
it has just come to me that I have lied to Thee 
and to myself. I said I was not well enough to 
go to Church. That is not true. I would have gone 
to the office if it had been Monday morning. I 
would have attended my luncheon club if it had 
been this noon. But it was Sunday morning, and 
Sunday sickness seems to cover a multitude of 
sins. God have mercy on me. I have Ued to Thee 
and myself, I am not sick, I am lazy and indif- 
ferent. Amen." 



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Views 

and 

Comments 



Floyd S. Benshoff 

INDIFFERENCE 

"The state of being indifferent; absence of in- 
terest; unconcemedness ; mediocrity; to consider 
unimportant." Webster 

"The greatest 'ism in the world today is not 
Communism, Romanism, or any cult. . .it is in- 
different'ism." Clate Risley 

The Pittsburgh Pirates are the world's cham- 
pion baseball team today. There is a suspicion 
in some circles that they were not the best 
team in that gi-eat American pastime in the year 
1960. The fact remains, however, that they are 
"it". How did they hit the top? By giving it 
all they had. In 1960 it was a team with spirit 
to lend, made up of players who ran out every 
hit, tried for every ball, and didn't "curl" when 
the going got rough. They won more games in 
the 9th inning and extra innings than any team 
in the National League. It was evident they didn't 
play "indifferent" baseball. 

Is the name "Christian" worn too lightly? How 
serious do most Christians, Brethren, if you 
please, take their vows? Does a fair percentage 
of our people realize the gravity and solemnity 
of the promises they have made to God before 
The Church? Is it too easy to join the Breth- 
ren Church? There are many people in the va- 
rious walks of life who are long on promise and 
short on performance. We call folks of this type 
"undependable." They constitute the principal ex- 
cuse for the existence of credit-rating houses. 



The indifference displayed in our day to the 
preached word needs our attention. Many people 
let the precious Word of Life in one ear and out 
the other, never letting it take time to even flirt 
with the mind or heart. This, in sharp contrast 
to the early Christians of whom it was said "they 
turn the world upside down." The impression is 
given in scripture that the disciples and early 
Christians believed what they embraced. 

How does an employer feel about an indiffer- 
ent employee? He just can't abide it and usually 
makes it known in one or several ways. It of- 
ten adds to the list of unemployed persons. The 
boss is totally unappreciative of the indifferent 
workman. 

Need it be mentioned in a men's column that 
the indifferent husband is not what the wife 
ordered, and vice- versa? The same sour note is 
struck in the young man whose girl friend car- 
ries an attitude of indifference toward him. 

How it must grieve the Lord as He views the 
casual attitude of a large percentage of the Chris- 
tians of our day toward their religion. Current 
statistics reveal that 95% of the present day 
church members have never led one soul to 
Christ. Indifference can be likened to a spirit of 
lukewarmness, and the book of the Revelation 
is pretty explicit as to what our Lord thinks of 
that. 

Indifference to the call of the Church for time, 
talent and resource of its membership has held 
back the advance of the cause of Christ in ev- 
ery generation. The bald truth is that men and 
women, boys and girls just haven't demonstrated 
that they mean what they say or sing. 

If MEN of our denomination will take to heart 
the words of that well-known hymn, "Take my 
life and let it be consecrated. Lord, to Thee", 
many things will happen, among which will be: 

1. Our churches will have those empty pews 
filled. 

2. New additions to present structures will be 
made possible without the extreme money-raising 
efforts now necessary. 



arch 4, 1961 

3. Our Home Missions program will expand 
luch faster than the present "about two a year" 

ice. 

4. Resources will be available to extend our 
Vorld Missions program and workers will be 
Available to answer the call to "Go Ye". 

5. Bickering and quibbling on minor items will 
[ease, we will get down to the business at hand, 
ind young men and women in our ranks will 
|)e "attracted" to the ministry and full time ser- 
vice. 

j Let's make this year's Easter-World Missions 
Offering the finest in our history. . .F.S.B. 



The 

President's 

Message 

Isaac B. Litton 
STEWARDSHIP IN 




DEVOTIONAL LIFE 



THIS IS THE SECOND article I have written 
concerning stewardship. I feel that many 
times we Laymen do not give as much thought 
and planning to Stewardship as we ought to give. 
With our money we just give, without planning 
and sometimes we just don't give at all. God 
does not want our tithes only, but a three-fold 
stewardship program. Thus I felt this second ar- 
ticle might strengthen the first. 

Christian Stewardship has been defined as "the 
practice of systematic and proportionate giving 
of time, ability, and material possessions as based 
on the conviction that these are a trust from 
God to be used in His Service for the benefit of 
all mankind." 

Every Christian is a monument of the sav- 
ing grace of God. Some reaction of the soul re- 
sults when we realize what God has done for 
each of us: a feeling of humility, a sense of ob- 
ligation, a consciousness of dependence, and an 
assurance of victory. 

Paul had the consciousness that his was a di- 
vine mission with a divine message to be given 
in a divine method. He loved the Lord and mani- 



Page Twenty-one 

fested it in his life among people. God so loved 
that He gave — you can give without loving but 
you can't love without giving — is very true. 

Many of us love God very little if judged by 
our giving, while others, like the widow who cast 
in her mite, love God so much that they will 
sacrifice, and in sacrificing receive praise and 
dividends from the Lord Jesus Christ. 

God directs us to give, but not without prom- 
ise. In Malachi 3:10, "Bring ye all the tithes 
into the storehouse." He closes with a promise, 
"Prove me now, if I will not open the windows 
of heaven and pour you a blessing that there 
shall not be room enough to receive it." 

Many who give their tithes regularly have 
learned that God can make the other nine-tenths 
do more for us than we could do with the entire 
ten tenths. 

Daily meditation is comparable in importance. 
We should set aside a quiet time to read God's 
word, pray to our Heavenly Father, meditate 
on His Holy purpose in our lives, and listen as 
He speaks to our hearts directing our complete 
lives. Enter the second mile stewardship plan 
in giving time, talents and tithes to God. 

Let us give thought to these truths and plan 
now to give systematically and proportionately 
of time, talents and tithes to God who gives lib- 
erally to all men. 

Our project offering will not be a difficult one 
if we plan our giving. Let us reap the blessings 
that God so abundantly has for us if we obey 
His command. 



MANSFIELD, OHIO 

The laymen of the Mansfield Brethren Church were 
very fortunate to be invited as guests of the Volunteers 
of America Post for their January meeting. Devotions 
were held in the Post chapel, led by brother Joe Geisinger. 
The business portion of the evening concerned the com- 
pleting of arrangements to care for tlie N. E. 0. Lay- 
men's Rally scheduled to be held here January 16. A 
good discussion of plans to deal with the goals as they 
pertain to our local laymen's organization was had. 

After the adjournment of the meeting we were taken 
on a guided tour of the Volunteers' plant by Major 
Simpson, the commander of the Post. On this tour we 
really had our eyes opened to the wonderful work be- 
ing carried on and the efficient methods used. This work 
is truly God-led, and, as the major stated, there are many 
things done that, by human logic, he could give no an- 
swer for, only that the power of God working through 
the hearts of people from all walks of life contributing 
the means necessary to do that which must be done. 
This ministry of help to the needy and destitute has 
literally raised the hope of thousands and given to many 
a new lease on life here in this area alone. 

At the conclusion of the tour we were served refresh- 
ments in the Post dining room. R. A. Pfahler. 



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Lth 
•usaders 



GOALS 
1961 



THESE FOOTBALL players are 
placed here to remind you that 
National Brethren Youth has a set 
of Goals to meet for 1960-61. With 
every member of the team working, 
each youth group can make these 
Goals. 

If you make all 12 Goals for a 
total of 120 points you will receive 
a certificate at Conference, stating 
that you are an Honor Society. To 
be a Banner Society you must make 
100 points out of the possible 120. 
This is a barometer to gauge how 
well your youth group is moving 
along. Are they working together, 
studying, praying, attending Confer- 
ences and camp, supporting Breth- 
ren Youth? Use the Goals as a 
measuring stick! 

Here are the Goals: 
1. Send one Sunday evening 
Brethren Youth Crusader offer- 




ing to National Brethren Youth 
each month as your part in the 
budget. 

2. A Brethren Youth delegate to 
National B. Y. Conference and 
District Conference. (Juniors: 
Just to District Conference) 

3. A report to your church by 
those attending Summer Camp. 

4. Support the B. Y. Speech Con- 
test. 

Seniors: 
At least two contestants in 
the B. Y. Speech Contest. 

Inter. & Juniors 
75% attending your local 
Speech Contest. 

5. At least one Public Service. 
(Preferably on Youth Sunday 
in May) 

6. A lesson on each of the follow- 
ing: 

A. Study one New Testament 
Book 



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B. Steps in Witnessing 

C. God's Love 

D. Peacemaking 

E. Faith in a Crisis 

F. Brethren Doctrines 

7. Each group participate in the 
National Brethren Youth Proj- 
ect and set a percentage of that 
goal to be raised by the group. 
(Goal: $6,000 for Argentina) 

8. A report of your activities sent 
to the National B. Y. Office in 
Ashland at least two times a 



year (include pictures if pos- 
sible). 
9. Each group maintain their 
weekly Prayer Meeting and Bi- 
ble Study. 

10. Every Brethren Youth in your 
church carrying a Brethren 
Youth Membership Card. 

11. Group participation in these 
projects: 

A. Joint meeting with other B. 
Y. C. groups. 

B. B. Y. C. Visitation Program. 

12. Learn the Brethren Youth Cov- 
enant by having your B. Y. C. 
read it together at every meet- 
ing. 

We believe it would be well to give 
you the Point System on Goals which 
is new this year. This Point System 
was sent out with all the Goals Post- 
ers but in case you have mislaid them, 
we want you to have a copy. We feel 
this is a fairer and better way of 
calculating the Honor and Banner So- 
cieties. 

Goals Point System: 

Goal 1 — 10 points 

Goal 2 — Seniors: 2% points for 
National Conference, 2Vz points for 
District Conference 

Jrs. & Inter.: 5 points for Dis- 
trict Conference 

Goal 3 — 10 points 



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Goal 4 — Seniors: 5 points for two 
Contestants 

Jrs. & Inter.: 5 points for 75% 
attending local Contest 



[arch 4, 1961 



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15-21YW-Can you guess? 




Goal 5 — 10 points 

Goal 6 — 10 points (must have les- 
son on all to get credit) 

Goal 7 — 10 points 

Goal 8 — 10 points 

Goal 9—20 points 

Goal 10—10 points 

Goal 11 — 5 points for both A. and 
B. (total of 10 points) 

Goal 12—10 points 

We encourage you to meet all the 
Goals, but there is much more good 
in doing the Goals than in just meet- 
ing them. By this we mean that the 
good derived from them is better 
than meeting them just to be an Hon- 
or or Banner Society. 

The National Office wishes to help 
you with your Goals, therefore Bible 
Reading Calendars have been sent to 
all pastors (or church contact if pas- 
torate is vacant) to aid you with 



MAKE THOSE POINTS! 



Goal 9. These Calendars are designed 
to give you a systematic guide for 
studying the Bible. Please make 
proper use of them as you read God's 
Word. 

In addition, we are preparing les- 
son articles for Goal 6. These lessons 
will appear on the Youth pages of 
this magazine from time to time. 



There will be other study articles be- 
sides the lessons. These will appear 
for Seniors and Intermediates and 
for the Juniors. These lesson articles 
should be used as a core or spring- 
board of your thought and youth 
program. Build around them! 

Let's put those points into the End 
Zone or over the Goalpost! 



15-21YW---Keep watching! 



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PROMOTING THE NEW EVANGELIST 

This new Brethren Evangelist represents an investment of time 
and money on the part of many people and the Brethren Publish- 
ing Company. 

As such we have sought to follow the directives of General 
Conference in producing a church magazine incorporating all of the 
periodicals of the denomination. 

Each Brethren church member holds the final answer to the 
success or failure of this new venture in our publications. 

You can assure the success of the new Evangelist by: 

1. Keeping your subscription in force. The $4.00 rate per 
year is much less than the combined subscription prices of the 
separate magazines. 

2. Use the magazine in your home, in your church; talk it, 
discuss it with others, and encourage others to subscribe. 

3. Continue to remember the financial needs of the Com- 
pany which are great, due to the installation of additional equip- 
ment in order to print the new Evangelist. Your gifts to help liqui- 
date the indebtedness now on the Company, are acceptable at 
any time. 



We now have in stock 

A HISTORY OF THE BRETHREN by Martin Grove Brumbaugh. 
This is a February 1961 reprint of the book which was first printed 
in 1899. 

Every Brethren minister should have a copy of this book. 
List price of the book is $5.00. The usual Brethren Publishing Com- 
pany discount to ministers, plus postage, makes for a very attractive 
price to our ministers for this valuable book. Order your copy today. 
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Editor of Publications ..Rev. W. St. Clair Benshoff 

Board of Editorial Consultants: 
Woman's Blissionary Society 

Mrs. Cliarlene Rowser 
National Laymen's Organization 

Floyd S. Benshoff 

National Brethren Youth Beverly Summy 

Missionary Board Mrs. Ida Lindower 

Contributing Editors: 
National Sunday School Board .... Richard Winfield 
Sunday School Lesson Comments 

Rev. William H. Anderson 

Prayer Meeting Studies Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 

Spiritual Meditations Rev. Dyoll Belote 

Evangelism Rev. J. D. Hamel 

Special Subjects Rev. H. William Fells 

Published weekly, except the fourth week in July 
and the last week in December by: 

THE BRETHREN PUBLISHING COMPANY 

524 College Ave., Ashland, Ohio 

Phone: 37271 

Terms of Subscription: 

.$4.00 per year per subscription. 

Payable in Advance. 

Entered as second class matter at Ashland, Ohio. 
Accepted for mailing at special rate, section 1103, 
Act of October 3, 1917. Authorized September 3, 1928. 

Change of Address: In ordering change of ad- 
dress, please notify at least three weeks in advance, 
giving both old and new address. 

Remittances: Send all money, business communi- 
cations and contributed articles to the above address. 

Prudential Committee: 

A. Glenn Carpenter, President; Rev. E. Phil 
Lersch, Vice President; H. D. Hunter, Secretary- 
Treasurer. 

In This Issue: 

Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial: "Effective Prayer Life" 3 

Missionary Board 4 

W. M. S. Program Planning Section 6 

The Woman's Corner 16 

Sunday School Suggestions 16 

News from the Brethren 17 

Coming Events 17 

World Religious News in Review 17 

Prayer Meeting Bible Study 18 

Memorials 19 

Weddings 19 

Brethren Layman 20 

Brethren Youth 22 



NOTES and COMMENTS 

W. M. S. PROGRAM MATERIALS 

In this new Evangelist, the Board of Editorial 

Consultants and the Editor of Publications have 
set up a pretty definite schedule of publishing the 
various materials to be found on its pages each 
month. Definite color coding for easy identification 
is also a part of the plan. 

This week, the second issue of the month, con- 
tains the W. M. S. Program Materials. This issue 
each month will appear in the purple shade of ink. , 
Next week, the Sisterhood and Signal Lights mate- j 
rials will appear, and the color shade will be green. 

We trust our program and system will meet with 
your approval. Any suggestions you may have for 
improving our service to you, please let us know. 



WHEN I HAVE TIME 

When I have time so many things I'll do 
To make life happier and more fair 
For those whose lives are crowded now with care; 
I'll help to lift them from their low despair 
When I have time. 

When I have time the friend I love so well 
Shall know no more these weary, toiling days 
I'll lead her feet in pleasant paths always 
And cheer her heart with words of sweetest praise 
When I have time. 

When you have time! The friend you hold so dear 
May be beyond the reach of all your sweet intent; 
May never know you so kindly meant 
To fill her life with sweet content 
When you had time. 

Now is the time! Ah, friend, no longer wait M 
To scatter loving smiles and words of cheer I 
To those around whose lives are now so drear; 
They may not need you in the coming year — 
Now is the time! 



GOD — MY EXCEEDING JOY 

Psalm 43:4 

Alice Purves Allan 

Whether I'm young, or old in years 
Life holds for me no bitter tears; 
Gone are its great, gigantic fears 
If God is my exceeding Joy! 

Whether I'm rich, or very poor 
I am enabled to endure; 
And peace from God to me is sure 
If He is my exceeding Joy. 

Whether I'm weak, or very strong — 
I happy am the whole day long; 
In my heart a perpetual song 
If God is my e.xceeding Joy. 



OUR COVER PICTURE. Don Knight Photo. 



rch 11, 1961 



Page Three 




itor's 



effective 



Lifi 



T IS ONLY a few weeks until 

Easter, and the heart and Ufe 

)f the Christian is usually more 

ensitive to the call of God than 
at any other season of the year. 
iChurches usually place extra em- 
i^hasis upon a person's devotion 
1^0 God, and upon commitment to 
[Him in service. For this reason. 
Christians should avail them- 
selves of the opportunities of- 
fered by the church to "grow 
in grace." 

The prayer life of the indi- 
vidual Christian is important at 
this time, for in talking to God, 
we can bare our problems to 
Him, and in so doing, the an- 
swers will come. Perhaps the an- 
swers will not come in the way 
we would wish them to, or pei'- 
haps they will be delayed for our 
own good. We must remember 
that God never ignores the ear- 
nest prayer of one of His chil- 
dren. 

The success of our prayer life 
depends a lot on how we go about 
it. "Men ought always to pray," 
says the Lord. Perhaps we quit 
too soon, or give up too easily. 
One thing is sure, if any por- 
tion of our life is not covered 
with our prayers, we are in 
trouble. We are to "watch and 
pray." The reasons for this are 
obvious. Temptation comes upon 
us in the most unsuspecting 



ways. If we are not watching 
and praying, we are without pro- 
tection. We are literally asleep, 
and the enemy marches in. The 
emptiness of our lives is some- 
times the result of shallowness 
in our prayer life. The Lord says 
we are to "Ask, Seek, Knock." 

The amount of time spent in 
prayer is relatively unimportant. 
A person who believes in the 
power of prayer, will surely 
spend much time talking to God. 
"Pray without ceasing" will be 
more than just an admonition 
to such a one. Prayer will take 
the form of earnest pleading 
with God, or a breathed word 
while engaged in the day's work, 
but it will be prayer, for such a 
person truly believes in its pow- 
er. For a person who has little 
or no faith in prayer, the amount 
of time spent in perfunctory 
prayers will matter little, for the 
results will be just the same. 

There are so many benefits 
which come as a result of earnest 
prayer on the part of the Chris- 
tian. It is a power against temp- 
tation. It taps the resources of 
the eternal God. It calls for His 
judgment on what is best for us. 
It ties us in with the eternal 
leadership of God for our life. 
It assures us that God hears, 
knows and understands. It 
causes us to accept His will, and 
to go and do the things He wants 



us to do. New faith and power 
come to us when we pray. 

There are some obstacles to 
successful prayer. In this spe- 
cial season of the year we will 
do well to examine our prayer 
life. Perhaps there are things in 
the way of our prayers, which 
keep them fi-om being effective. 
Our own will, our pride, praying 
for the answers we want instead 
of "Thy will be done." These and 
others often hinder the success 
of our prayers. It may be we 
have been praying for years, and 
experiencing little or no benefit 
nor joy from our prayers. If this 
be the case, a close examination 
should reveal some phase or area 
of our life which needs to be 
changed. Perhaps our faith in 
God's ability to answer our 
prayers needs to be increased. 

God has provided prayer as a 
means of communication be- 
tween us and Him. As His chil- 
dren in Christ Jesus, we need to 
develop our prayer life to the 
place that our every word, our 
every petition and praise is giv- 
en as to one right by our side. 
For that is where God is for the 
Christian who opens the way 
through prayer. Draw nigh to 
God and He will draw nigh to 
you. May your prayer life be 
made stronger and more effec- 
tive this Easter season. W. S. B. 



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SUMMIT CONFERENCE 



MISSIONARY BOARD members 
held their first meeting since 
General Conference February 14 and 
15, with very good attendance and 
a full agenda. 

In keeping with their previous ac- 
tion, to create greater interest in mis- 
sions and better educated Brethren, 
several guests were invited to the 
open meetings to learn about mission- 
ary work being accomplished and of 
plans for further undertakings. Guests 
at this meeting were Dean Delbert 
Flora, Reverend Robert Keplinger, 
and John Porte. 

The Board designated the next two 
churches to receive Ten Dollar Club 
calls: Massillon, Ohio, July, 1961; Ko- 
komo, Indiana, January, 1962. This 
order of priority has been established; 
however. Ten Dollar Club funds are 
not to be sent in, designated for these 
churches, until the calls are issued. 
All Ten Dollar Club funds received 
up until June 30, 1961, are for New- 
ark, Ohio. 

Just back from a tour of churches 
in the Mid-west and Northern Cali- 
fornia, Dale Long, assisted by John 
Porte, brought a fine account of the 
work being undertaken and the gen- 



Fiftieth State Helps Increase the 
Number 

One of the most recently received 
memberships in the Ten Dollar Club 
comes from Hawaii. It is rather sig- 
nificant that our newest state gives 
this evidence of a forward-looking 
spirit in the matter of church ex- 
tension. Who knows — maybe we'll be 
building a Brethren Church in Hawaii 
some day too! 



eral spirit of enthusiasm apparent in 
these areas. Because of the encourag- 
ing developments in tlie Northern Cal- 
ifornia District, the Board voted to 
grant the Stockton Brethren Church 
an additional amount up to a $5,000 



loan, if needed, for acquiring a church 
site. 

Regarding the Revolving Fund Loan 
Request, the Board voted also to grant 
a $15,000 loan, as requested by the 
Mishawaka Brethren Church, pending 



New Ten Dollar Club Members 

Mrs. Frank Hartzler — Smithville, Ohio 

Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Witter — Fremont, Ohio 

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Hartman — Wakarusa, Indiana (South Bend) 

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bushman — Milledgeville, Illinois 

Melvin Snyder — North Liberty, Indiana (County Line) 

Mrs. Jennie Airhart — Johnstown (Third), Pennsylvania 

Tried and True Sunday School Class — College Corner Church 

Paul Shupe — Washington, D. C. 

John R. Chesney — Washington, D. C. 

B. J. Blevins— Washington, D. C. 

Ronald B. Conaway — Washington, D. C. 

John Stably — Nappanee, Indiana 

Lt. Comdr. and Mrs. Robert Robbins — Ewa, Hawaii (Warsaw, Indiana) 



MY SHARE 

I Promise to assist in the building of new Brethren churches by 
giving $10.00 or more for each new church project. It is my under- 
standing that I will be called upon for this contribution not more 
than twice in any one year. I further understand that if I am un- 
able to contribute when called, I will be relieved of my obligation. 



Signed 



Address 



Church 



arch 11, 1961 



Page Five 



jnsultation with the Indiana Mission 
Joard relative to the entire program. 
c should be noted that the Indiana 
lission Board, owns the property at 
lishawaka and our Board wishes to 
■ork closely with the districts in the 
levelopment of their church extension 
jrograms. 

i Plans regarding medical arrange- 
'rtents for missionaries to be cared for 
jhrough the Freeport Clinic, at Free- 
fort, Illinois, were approved by the 
Board. 

j Rob Byler met with the Board giv- 
ng further reports on the work in 
Argentina, supplementing that fur- 
nished in May and August, as well as 
reports on his furlough deputation ac- 
l;ivity with regard to the additional 
jradio project. 

Bob Bischof brought factual and in- 
spirational accounts ofl the missionary 
program in Nigeria. 

J. Henry Long, Executive Secretary 
of the Foreign Mission Commission, 
visited the meeting, reporting on his 
recent trip to Nigeria. He indicated 
excellent progress being made, har- 
mony among the workers, and need 
for continued and increased support 
of the work. His remarks were in- 
formative, stimulating and challeng- 
ing. 

Clayton Berkshire announced the 
resignation of the Administrative As- 
sistant, which is to become effective as 
soon as a replacement can be secured, 
but no later than August 1. The res- 
ignation was accepted with regrets 
(that's what they really said). 

Editorial Comment: Mrs. Ida Lin- 
dower has served in this capacity 
faithfully and well for ten years. 

The Board will hold its next meet- 
ing in May when the budget for the 
1961-62 year will be considered. 



FOUND 



Found — thirteen new Ten Dollar Club 
members since February 1. These fine, 
helpful brethren have become aware 
of the need for support of our church 
extension program. We now need only 
936 more members to reach the neces- 
sary 2,000. Will you help us to se- 
cure this number? 



A PAUSE THAT REFRESHES — Camp 
Regina Rowsey 



Early this year it was my privilege 
to go to our Brethren Camp in Cor- 
doba. It was the camp for married 
couples and it was well attended. John 
was unable to go, however, because 
of recording sessions. The camp was 
very spiritually refreshing; and just 
to be out of the hectic city life for 
ten days was most restoring. 

Mr. Paul Sheetz, a literacy worker 
from Cordoba, (and, incidentally, from 
Lancaster, Pennsylvania) conducted 
a very stimulating round-table discus- 
sion each morning on marriage and 
the Christian home. This was followed 
by a Bible study in charge of Ken 
Solomon on First John. 



Mrs. Rivero and Mrs. D'Angelo, 
from Villa Constitucion, provided 
very delicious meals. Mrs. Labanca 
and her refreshing mate (tea), made 
with mint, turned us all "criollo." 
There is something about drinking 
mate with our Argentine Brethren 
that is very enjoyable. 

The river is very much like Juniata, 
with its swift current and mountains 
on all sides. Altogether, I think the 
Cordoba camp could be rated as one 
of the most beautiful of all the Breth- 
ren camps. We cordially invite you 
to visit us in the Cordoba camp next 
year. 



SPOTLIGHT 



VIRGIL INGRAHAM, the 
Missionary Board's first 
vice president, is also pastor of 
the Nappanee, Indiana, Breth- 
ren Church. 

A product of the Great North- 
west, Virgil Ingraham was born 
in Merrill, Oregon, but moved, 
when he was five years old, to 
Manteca, California, where he 
spent most of his life, until he 
took his first full-time pastorate 
at Nappanee, four years ago. He 
attended Manteca High School, 
National Schools in Los Angeles, 
and Stockton College of Com- 
merce. More recently he has 
done worki at the Winona Lake 
School of Theology. 

After serving in the United 
States Navy, during World War 
II, this young man, who was al- 
ways interested in Christian ser- 
vice, earned his living in indus- 
try, but served several churches 
at the same time. He pastored 
the Stockton Brethren Church 
several years and an American Sun- 
day School Union Church at Thorn- 
ton, California, in rural missionary 
work for seven years. 

Since he has taken up full-time pas- 
toral work at Nappanee, Reverend In- 
graham has also been elected to the 
Missionary Board of the Brethren 
Church, on which he is now in his 
fourth year. Besides being first vice 
president of the Board, he is chairman 





for 



Rev. Virgil Ingraham 



of the Nigerian Committee, a member 
of the Kentucky Committee and of 
the Revolving Fund Committee. 

Reverend Ingraham has a very love- 
ly wife, Alice, and four fine children 
— Joann (a freshman at Ashland Col- 
lege), Evelyn, Dan, and Ruth. 

The Missionary Board is grateful 
for the capable help and leadership 
provided by this member. 



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HUMILITY 



No DOUBT many of you have vis- 
ited the Congressional Library 
in Washington, D. C. Inside the build- 
ing one finds alcoves dedicated to 
such subjects as history, science, art, 
music. Over each alcove is an ap- 
propriate quotation. The one over the 
alcove dedicated to religion is: "He 
hath showed thee, man, what is 
good; and what doth the Lord require 
of thee, but to do justly, and to love 
mercy and to walk humbly with thy 
God" (Micah 6:8). 

In this study we want to use as 
our theme the last phrase of that 
verse — "and to walk humbly with thy 
God." Jesus, in His teaching and 
preaching, set forth a number of car- 
dinal principles of His Kingdom; 
among these we find humility. Web- 
ster gives us many definitions of hu- 
mility. Some of them are: humble- 
ness, modesty, meek, submissive, self- 
abasement. 

A great trait of character which we 
all can develop is that of humbleness. 
The lack of practice of this virtue 
is the cause of much unhappiness on 
the part of Christian people. Nobody 
loves a person who is arrogant, proud 
and self-determined. As humbleness 
is present in our character it will help 
us to be of more service to our God. 
There are many times when we could 
be of so much more help to others 
if it were not for our own selfish 
pride. Because of self-pride we fail to 
apologize to a friend or loved one 
we have wronged, choosing to forfeit 
their friendship rather than humble 
ourselves. Humbleness will bring a 
desire to serve others. 

Walking humbly with God ? Surely 
this never means submerging ones 
own personality that others may take 
advantage. We do need backbone to 



forge ahead both in our Christian life 
and in our business life; when we 
know we are on the right track. But, 
to mistake self-pride for backbone is 
something we need to watch. 

Who are the most thought of, the 
most well liked people in your com- 
munity? Look into their lives and 
see if they are not considerate of 
others before thinking of themselves. 
They are willing to help you in time 
of need. Then others are always talk- 
ing about themselves, drawing atten- 
tion to themselves and thinking only 
of their own "gain." Here we see the 
difference between humility and pride. 
Which trait do we like to see in our 
friends ? Which do we practice in our 
daily lives? 

How may we develop this great 
virtue of humbleness in our lives? 

First — Humility in confessing our 
sins. "For all have sinned and come 
short of the glory of God" (Romans 
3:23). God has commanded all men 
everywhere to repent. One require- 
ment of repentence is confession. 

Romans 10:10 — "For with the heart 
man believeth unto righteousness; 
and with the mouth confession is made 
unto salvation." Jesus tells us, "Who- 
soever therefore shall confess me be- 
fore men, him will I confess before 
my Father which is in heaven." Our 
confession must come not in pride 
and arrogance and presuming upon 
our self-importance. But rather in hu- 
mility and contrition shall we ap- 
proach the Father. 

Psalm 34:18— "The Lord is nigh 
unto them that are of a broken heart; 
and saveth such as be of a contrite 
spirit." 

Second — Humility in our prayer life. 
What is prayer? Are we sure our 
prayers are as they should be? Are 
we praying in the right spirit and 



frame of mind? DO we ask aright? 
Are we submissive to God's will? Are 
our prayers selfish ? 

Prayer is not an emergency seeking 
of God to deliver us in times of troub- 
le. Prayer is a privilege we have of 
talking humbly to God through Jesus 
Christ. In Luke, chapter 18, we have 
the parable of the two men going 
into the temple to pray. In verses 11 
and 12, the Pharisee prayed about 
himself, to himself, and boasted of 
his own accomplishments. Because he 
was conceited, selfish and proud, he 
went from the temple feeling good. 
Have we heard people pray as the 
Pharisee ? Perhaps we are all a lit- 
tle guilty. We pray, telling God what 
we want Him to do, how good we 
are, even pray for our fellowmen, yet 
imply they are not as good as we are. 

We should pray for others, but not 
with the air of being better than 
they. We should pray for forgive- 
ness, and for strength and help at 
all times, remembering we are talk- 
ing to God, not trying to impress 
people around us with our wonderful 
praying ability. Verse 13 — "And the 
publican, standing afar off would not 
lift up so much as his eyes unto 
heaven, but smote upon his breast, 
saying, God be merciful to me a sin- 
ner." 

This publican knew God and loved 
Him. Perhaps he was one of the two 
publicans baptized by John. If he 
were in our midst we would call him 
a Christian. He had been to God for 
atonement. But because of willfulness, 
ignorance or temptation, he had 
sinned. So, in humility, he is asking 
God for forgiveness. As Christians to- 
day we should see the need of humbly 
praying to God for the sins of daily 
life to be forgiven. In verse 14 Jesus 
tells U3 that the publican went down 



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his house justified rather than the 
'harisee. 

Psalm 10:17 reads, "Lord, thou hast 
jieard the desire of the humble; thou 
pit prepare their heart, thou wilt 
iause thine ear to hear." Jesus as- 
sured His hearers that God will in- 
feline His ear to the petitions of those 
iwho approach the throne in humility 
and honesty. If we expect our prayers 
[to be answered, we must pray in the 
spirit of humbleness and love, seek- 
ing God's blessing. Pray in submission 
as Jesus prayed in the Garden of 
Gethsemane, "Father not my will, but 
thine be done." 

Third — Humility in Stewardship. 
Let us think first of stewardship of 
our material possessions. Matthew 
6:3 reads, "But when thou doest alms, 
let not thy left hand know what thy 
right hand doeth." Jesus here warns 
that we take heed that we do not 
alms before men to be seen of them. 
For we will have no reward from our 
Father in heaven. But rather, that 
our alms be given in secret, with love 
and humility, and our Father which 
seeth in secret shall reward us openly. 
Remember the widow and her mite. 
It was not how "much" but rather 
"how" she gave that brought the 
Lord's praise. 

How often do we ask ourselves the 
question — How much shall I give to 
God ? To the work of the church ? 
What a foolish question, for every- 
thing we have is God's, and we have 
it because He gave it to us. There- 
fore may we humbly and gratefully 
bring our tithes and offerings to Him. 

Second, let us think about the stew- 
ardship of talents. God has given 
each of us talents and abilities. Why ? 
That we might use them to further 
the work of His kingdom. Yet how 
often when a person is doing a good 



piece of work and well-deserved 
praise is given, that person takes the 
praise as a matter of pride and glory. 
We do deserve and need encourage- 
ment in our Christian work, but let 
the words of encouragement given in- 
spire us to humbly seek God's will, 
to use our talents to bring honor to 
His name and a blessing to those 
around us. May we give humble 
thanks to God for the praises re- 
ceived from others. 

Fourth — Humility In Service. In 
God's Word we find many wonderful 
examples of people who in humbleness 
rendered service to others. May we 
always remember that Jesus is the 
greatest example of humility. His was 
a life of service, yet in no place in 
the New Testament do we find that 
service given with the thought of 
praise from men, or honor and gain 
to Himself. He went about healing 
the sick, giving sight to the blind, 
raising the dead, feeding the hungry, 
claiming no glory for Himself, but 
with great humility giving God the 
Father all praise and glory. 

Can we find a greater act of hu- 
mility than when Mary, taking the 
pound of ointment, very costly, and 
anointed the feet of Jesus, wiping 
His feet with her hair? 

In Mark, chapter 7, we have the 
story of the Syrophenician woman 
who came to Jesus humbly seeking, 
not service for herself, but for 
another, her daughter. 

In the story of the good Samaritan 
we have a fine example of humility 
and compassion for one of another 
race. Joseph of Arimathaea, in 
humble, loving service, prepared Je- 
sus' body for burial and laid it in 
his own new tomb. Peter and John 
were humble men with no money to 
relieve the distress of the beggar, 



yet they had something much more 
valuable — in the name of Jesus Christ, 
the power to give the beggar the 
ability to earn a living. This was the 
service they rendered, they made 
another whole, so he also could serve. 

As we develop this trait of humility 
in our own lives, let us remember 
that humility is the capacity to take 
orders from a properly constituted 
authority, to place oneself under the 
final authority of truth, Jesus Christ. 

What are some of the rewards 
gained by the Christian in practicing 
humility in their daily living? 

Proverbs 22:4 — "By humility and 
the fear of the Lord are riches and 
honor and life." 

Matthew 18:4 — "Whosoever there- 
fore shall humble himself as this lit- 
tle child, the same is the greatest in 
heaven." 

Matthew 5:5 — "Blessed are the 
meek for they shall inherit the earth." 

James 4:10 — "Humble yourself in 
the sight of the Lord and he shall 
lift you up." 

Matthew 11 :29 — "Take my yoke up- 
on you, and learn of me; for I am 
meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall 
find rest unto your souls." 

Psalm 25:9— "The meek will he 
guide in judgment; and the meek will 
he teach his way." 

May our prayer be the words of 
that fine old hymn: 

More like the Master, I would ever 

be, 
More of His meekness, more humility; 
More zeal to labor, more courage to 

be true. 
More consecration for work He bids 
' me do. 

Twelve Mile, Indiana. 



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THE BOAT THAT WAS SHIPWRECKED 



BEFORE Alexander Duff, the mis- 
sionary, reached India, he was 
twice shipwrecked. On the very coast 
of India, only a few miles from the 
place that was to be his home, an 
awful storm struck the ship and 
wrecked it upon the shore. The first 



PRAYER 

THOUGHTS 

for 

APRIL 



Let us thank God: 

For the sacrifice of His Son 
for our sins and for the glo- 
rious news of the Resurrection 
morning. 

For the church with all of its 
attendant blessings. 

For the privilege of giving, 
praying and working that His 
word may be taken to the un- 
saved in foreign lands. 

For the opportunity of wit- 
nessing for Him both by word 
and deed among our friends. 

Let us ask God: 

To so indwell in our lives at 
this season that we may prove 
our faithfulness to Him through 
our witnessing to all the world. 

To bless the local church with 
such a vision of the sin-torn 
world that their sympathy and 
help may go forth in the hour 
of need. 

To bless our homes that they 
may be lighthouses in this world 
of sin. 



night in India he slept in a heathen 
temple. 

He was sailing from his home for 
India in the "Lady Holland." He had 
been a great student and had won 
many honors in college and gathered 
together a library of eight hundred 
volumes. He loved these books very 
much. When the ship was wrecked, 
he lost all of them. Everything was 
gone! All gone! 

When the people were safe on land, 
they looked like an unhappy company. 
From the shore the missionary 
watched, hoping he might see some- 
thing from the wreck floating on the 
sea. 

All of a sudden he jumped up, for 
he saw something very small on the 
water. He thought it hardly worth 
saving. It was washed up on the shore 
and when he picked it up he found 
it was his own Bible. He thought it 
was very strange that out of all 
his eight hundred books, only one was 
saved, and that one was his Bible. 
He thought God wished him to know 
that that one Book was worth more 
than all the other seven hundred and 
ninety-nine which he had lost, and 
that he was to make it the chief 
study of his life. He opened it, and 
there on that lonely shore he read to 
his friends these words from one of 
the Psalms: 

"They that go down to the sea in 
ships, that do business in great 
waters; these see the works of the 
Lord, and His wonders in the deep." 

When Alexander Duff began his 
work in India he started a school to 
educate the Hindu boys. In that school 
the Bible was taught. He loved the 
Bible and he wanted to teach it to 
others who did not know it. After a 
few years there were a thousand 
scholars, and several big school build- 
ings. Often they sang: 

"Holy, Bible! Book Divine, 
Precious Treasure, thou art mine; 
Mine to tell me whence I came, 
Mine to tell me what I am." 



Are you aware that the Lord ex- 
pects you to treasure His Book above 
all others in the world? We seem to 
have plenty of time to read the mag- 
azines and books that come into our 
homes but when we are asked to spend 
a few minutes a day with God's Word 
we are prone to say, "I'm just too 
busy!" Let us return to the hope and 
promises God has given us in His 
Word that we might possess this 
great treasure. 

For the next few months we will 
be recommending books concerning 
missionaries for you to read during 
your daily Bible break. You will en- 
joy reading Dr. Ida by Dorothy Clarke 
Wilson. 



THE SECRET 

I met God in the morning 
When my day was at its best, 

And His presence came like sunrise, 
Like a glory in my breast. 

All day long the Presence lingered. 
All day long He stayed with me. 

And we sailed in perfect calmness 
O'er a very troubled sea. 

Other ships were blown and battered. 
Other ships were sore distressed, 

But the winds that seemed to drive 
them 
Brought to us a peace and rest. 

Then I thought of other mornings. 
With a keen remorse of mind, 

When I too had loosed the moorings. 
With the Presence left behind. 

So I think I know the secret. 

Learned from many a troubled way: 

You must seek Him in the morning 
If you want Him through the day. 
Ralph Spaulding Cushman 



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A THIRST FOR KNOWLEDGE 



Mrs. Roxie E. Stahi 



"Be still and know that I am God." 
{(Psalm 46:10a) 

"Yea, if thou criest after knowl- 
edge, and liftest up thy voice for un- 
derstanding, if thou seekest her as 
silver, and searchest for her as for 
hid treasures; then shalt thou under- 
stand the fear of the Lord, and find 
the knowledge of God." (Proverbs 2: 
3-5) 

"And unto man he said, Behold, 
the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom 
and to depart from evil is under- 
standing." (Job 28:28) 
Dear Sisters in Christ, 

This morning you are about to hear 
a true story — so amazing that no one 
but God could have written it! 

It was the year of 1934. The place 
was someone's kitchen in Akron, Ohio. 
At the table sat two men, life-long 
friends. These men were alcoholics. 
One was a surgeon, the other a Wall 
Street broker. The broker, whom we 
shall know only as Bill, offered his 
friend a drink — and for the first time 
in many a long year, he was refused. 

Bill's friend explained that he had 
joined a religious group which had 
taught him to believe in God; and 
thereby he had found the power to 
resist liquor. Bill was not only 
startled, he was dumbfounded! 

For a month he continued to drink 
and to think about the startling phe- 
nomenon of his friend's conversion. 
Then he went to a hospital to have 
the whiskey sweated out of him. Fi- 
nally, Bill's head was clear. He de- 
cided to try to do what his friend 
had done, get to know God. — IF 
THERE WAS A GOD! He concen- 
trated on this thought: 

"If there be a God, let Him show 
Himself." 



The result was instantaneous and 
incredible. There was a blinding, elec-* 
trie flash of white light. Bill seemed 
to be on a high mountain with a 
great wind of electric force blowing 
not only over him, but through him! 
His body trembled with a consuming 
ecstacy, and a voice spoke these 
words : 

"YOU ARE A FREE MAN." 

Bill felt a great peace in his soul. 
This tremendously powerful expe- 
rience with God was the prelude to 
one of our greatest movements of 
applied Christianity of all time. Bill 
and his doctor friend organized The 
Association for Alcoholics Anony- 
mous which in 1950 had 90,000,000 
members. It is reported to have gained 
20,000,000 members every year 
throughout the world. Approximately 
seventy-five per cent of these men 
and women traded their thirst for 
strong drink into a thirst for a sav- 
ing knowledge of Jesus Christ. 

All this happened because someone 
here in your state of Ohio, cared 
about a drunken man's soul and led 
him to a saving knowledge of Jesus 
Christ. 

Now, why have I brought to you 
the story of the beginning and growth 
of this great organization ? First, I 
would like to bring this truth to your 
attention: 

Alcoholics Anonymous grows be- 
cause each individual member realizes 
that God is his only hope, and seeks 
God with all his heart, soul, strength 
and mind. 

And the second great truth is this: 

He knows that to keep his new 
life, he must bring others to that 
Well of Living Water, that he, as 
well as they might thirst no more. 



I believe that our own Woman's 
Missionary Society of the Brethren 
Church, presents one of the most per- 
fectly organized opportunities for 
Christian service in the world today. 
But I also believe that in the eyes 
of God, we, the W. M. S. are as a 
sleepy giant. 

If each individual member would 
apply the power of those two great 
truths, practiced by Alcoholics Anony- 
mous, our fine missionary organiza- 
tion would be the most powerful ef- 
fort of applied Christianity anywhere. 

It is almost impossible to imagine 
what 90,000,000 spirit-filled, soul win- 
ning, true missionary women could 
accomplish in the name of Jesus. 

Everyone of us need to pray this 
kind of prayer: 

Jesus, Light of Heaven — 
Enter Thou my soul. 
Quicken Thou my spirit — 
Cleanse me, make me whole. 

Search me, try me Jesus — 
Bend me to Thy will. 
Temper my impurities, 
Make me meek and still. 

Teach me, Jesus, teach me. 
All that I must know — 
Of duty, faith, and charity, 
My life. Thy love to show. 

Love me, Jesus, love me — 
When I, Thy Spirit grieve, 
Help me, Jesus, help me — 
To live as I believe. 

For I believe in Thee, Lord! 
Heaven is my goal! 
Jesus, Light of Heaven — 
Enter Thou my soul. 

Amen. 



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Seven 'TY for a W. M. S. 

Deootional Meeting 



Part Tliree — PUBLICITY 



Mrs. Henry Bates 



TT PAYS TO ADVERTISE! Have 

you ever seen a newspaper with- 
out advertisements ? Seldom is a pro- 
gram heard by radio or television 
that does not include commercials. 
The necessity to advertise is so im- 
portant that we find the results when- 
ever we examine the mail. Yes, we 
all realize the importance of adver- 
tising. Or, do we? Has your church 
set aside a certain amount of the 
budget for this purpose ? Does your 
pastor, or someone delegated for this 
purpose, "advertise" special meet- 
ings, special occasions, important 
church activities, etc ? How about the 
W. M. S. meetings ? How important 
are they to you ? How can new mem- 
bers of your church find out what you 
are doing; why you do it and how 
well it is accomplished ? Let us con- 
sider various means by which we can 
advertise. 

The church bulletin. This is one of 
the easiest and quickest ways to re- 
mind women, and others, that a meet- 
ing is forthcoming. In most cases the 
women who are interested in mis- 
sionary expansion and want to have a 
personal experience in the support of 
that program are the women who are 
regular in attendance at the worship 
sei-vices on Sunday. Make use of this 
opportunity to announce your meet- 
ing, the hostess, the leader, the time, 
the theme, bandage rolling if that is 
scheduled and any special offering 
that is to be lifted. Are some of your 
members ill, or absent due to ex- 
treme weather conditions; or are 
some apparently neglecting to pay 
their dues? Two or three times dur- 
ing the year, announce via the bul- 
letin that this will be "D-D" month — 
the month that dues are due! Never 
neglect any opportunity to let all 
women know that every meeting is 



important. One of the ever-present 
means is certainly via the bulletin 
^ received each Lord's Day. 

Another means commonly used by 
many churches is through the local 
newspaper. A few newspapers (at 
least it was once true) have a cal- 
endar for the day. Anyone may an- 
nounce through such a column a 
forthcoming meeting. Do all of your 
members receive the bulletin ? Usu- 
ally, yes, but at times there are ab- 
sences due to illness, vacations, 
weather, etc. The local paper serves 
as a weekly-reminder. Perhaps your 
minister announces, weekly, the ser- 
vices of the church and the auxiliary 
meetings. Be sure to include the W. 
M. S. meetings and then, don't for- 
get to thank your minister for his 
help. 

Radio and Television. These too, in 
some areas, are means by which 
women can be reached. On one oc- 
casion a severe snow storm hit a cer- 
tain area. Meeting after meeting was 
cancelled. Home after home listened 
to news via the radio. Some of the 
news pertained to schools but most 
of the radio announcements had to do 
with the cancelling of various church 
and community affairs. A most suc- 
cessful meeting WAS held that even- 
ing though. Thanks to a very enthu- 
siastic president (now a minister's 
wife) who via the radio announced 
that there would be a meeting held 
as scheduled. Later she said she 
wanted everyone in town to know that 
a few brave souls still remained. Nev- 
er under-estimate the value of radio 
and TV as a means of promotion 
and publicity. 

The telephone is another means of 
reaching women. This is especially 
true of busy mothers and working 
women. How wonderful it is, for ex- 



ample, to invite another to "ride 
along" to W. M. S.! Isn't it a joy 
to be a part of a car pool? Doesn't 
it make you really want to go ? For 
the busy woman, the telephone is al- 
so useful for other services of the 
church. Thus it can be a stepping 
stone toward meeting the goal — "a 
Christian concern for others." 

The most effective way to reach 
anyone — the active, the inactive or 
not so interested member, and the 
unsaved, is certainly with a personal 
visit. Christ, the disciples, the sev- 
enty and the early Church made their 
most effective gains through personal 
contacts with individuals. This is 
still true today. 

Today we lack the penny post card, 
but its three-cent replacement does 
wonders. Usually someone forgets a 
meeting in spite of all prompting. 
Sometimes it is an excuse but not 
always. Do not feel this may be 
wasted money. If everyone was like 
you, would announcements have to 
be made or would needless money 
and time have to be used as a re- 
minder? Is this really important? 
Look at the National W. M. S. budget, 
then answer that question yourself. 
Yes, cards take both time and money 
to send but they really are worth 
the effort. Try it. 

Another means of publicity is the 
sending out of letters that summarize 
the year's work. Some churches send 
out a monthly paper. This is also an 
excellent means of telling about the 
work of the W. M. S. How many 
bandages, squares or hospital gowns 
did you send to Africa ? What benev- 
olent work in behalf of our Ken- 
tucky missions have you done? Were 
you successful in meeting all of the 
goals ? How did this affect you and 
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have two or three societies in your 
church ? Altogether, what offering 
I was given for the National project ? 
j Such information is interesting to 
I others who might read it in the 
i church paper or letter. An excellent 
time for such a summary is follow- 
, ing our General Conference, as the 
letter can also include the budget 
and highlights from the conference. 
Only as ALL know the work can 
much be accomplished. Otherwise it 
is never known or completely for- 
gotten. 

One other means can be mentioned 
here. Do any of your members spend 
the winters in Florida, Arizona, or 
California? These are members that 
support the W. M. S. whenever they 
are "at home." Do they present a 
problem as you strive to meet the 
goals? One society sent a letter to 
each of these members following each 
regular monthly meeting. If a special 
offering was to be lifted, an envelope 
was sent along with the letter. Are 
you wondering about the contents of 
the letter? Actually it was a copy 
of the secretary's minutes. Now and 
then a few added remarks were in- 
cluded. Each member knew what ac- 
tion was being taken and what was 
expected and planned foi-»the follow- 
ing month. This type of contact also 
encourages the absentee member to 
participate in the Bible reading and 
Mission Study book reading, thus 
helping the society attain these goals. 
In the above mentioned instance those 
livingi "in absentee" contributed their 
quota to the various offerings before 
all of the "home" members did. 

This is the Lord's work. It can 
only go forward when everyone 
shoulders the responsibility which the 
Lord has for His Ambassadors. We 
are His Earthly Army. What is that 
army doing? "PUBLISH GLAD TID- 
INGS!" 



Tke 1 [our 




l^efore 






^awn 



TT WAS OVER! They had stayed 
with Him to the end. Had seen 
His body taken from the cross and 
wrapped in linen and herbs and had 
gone with it to the tomb in the gar- 
den. That was all they could do until 
after the Sabbath. 

Young John placed his strong arm 
gently around the bowed figure of 
Mary and led her back down the stony 
path, taking her home with him as 
he had promised. The boy, John, who 
that day had become the man, John, 
the son, John, according to the wishes 
of his Master. 

John left her, who was now his 
mother, with her sister and Salome, 
the wife of Zebedee, to tend her, and 
a great crowd of women who had 
come to mourn with her. All that 
night and the next day the mourning 
continued, but at dusk, when the Sab- 
bath ended, she slipped away from 
them, making her way to the flat roof- 
top, and they respected her need to 
be alone. 

Hour after hour she sat there, her 
shoulders bowed, her hands idle in 
her lap, while one by one the lights 
of the town were extinguished below 
her, and only she and the darkness 
and the stars were left in the sleep- 
ing world. She would have liked to 
go home, but she knew she must not 
distress her friends by asking it. John 
would be on his way to the tomb as 
soon as it was dawn, and he would 
be wanting to contact the other dis- 
ciples. 

She thought longingly of the time 
when she could step across the thresh- 
old of the little house in Nazareth, 
and close the door, at least for a lit- 
tle while. She would light the small 
oil lamp and place it in its niche in 
the wall, and the wavering light from 



the cotton wick would waken from 
the shadows the sane similarity of 
daily living. 

There they had come, she and Jo- 
seph, bringing the child from Egypt. 
There she had lifted Him in her 
arms to put His tiny hand on the 
mezuzah, and had taught Him to kiss 
His fingers that had touched the holy 
name of God. There His baby lips had 
first formed the words of the Shema, 
and there He, whose last evening on 
earth had been given to a meal with 
His friends, had learned the holy 
ritual of breaking bread, when Jo- 
seph as household priest had repeated 
over their coarse barley loaf: "Blessed 
art Thou, O Lord our God, King of 
the universe. Who has brought forth 
bread from the ground." 

So long as she lived, that little 
home would be her shrine, because 
it housed the carpenter shop where 
Joseph's strength and peace still ling- 
ered like a wordless psalm, and she 
could touch the tools so worn from 
the pressure of his fingers, and those 
of the Son who had carried on his 
trade. 

The horror that had numbed her 
body and mind was lifting now. The 
things that He had said, and John 
had repeated, began to come back to 
her. She spoke softly — "Peace I leave 
with you; my peace I give unto you." 
She sat quiet and relaxed, her eyes 
closed. 

Mary heard no sound, but a soft 
radiance penetrated her eyelids. Her 
eyes opened, and she uttered a little 
cry, "Yeshua!" 

He stood before her in all the splen- 
dor of His vigorous young strength. 
There was no suggestion of the tomb 
about Him, but when He raised His 
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Page Twelve 

rPlanni 




The GracI 



REV. KEN] 



WHAT A wonderful theme, "The 
Grace of Giving," for the 
women of our churches to be study- 
ing at this time of year. Easter time 
— the one time of the year when the 
greatest gifts ever bestowed upon 
mankind, the gift of Christ on the 
cross, to make salvation possible for 
us, and His subsequent resurrection, 
is brought ever nearer to our minds 
and hearts. 

Some years ago Dr. C. F. Yoder 
wrote in his book "God's Means of 
Grace," "Of all the Christian graces 
the one that seems to be most in 
danger of being lost is the 'gi-ace of 
giving.' " This, I am afraid, is true 
in this day and age in which we live. 
iHow few sermons we hear on the 
grace of giving! The subject of the 
tithe is seldom heard, and I fear there 
are many who profess to live by the 
Bible teachings and yet who do not 
tithe. 

Before we begin the study on what 
God's Word has to say about "The 
Grace of Giving," let us come to an 
agreement, the agreement being 
this: "That all scripture" (both the 
Old and New Testament) — "all scrip- 
ture is given by inspiration of God, 
and is profitable for doctrine, for re- 
proof, for correction, for instruction 
in righteousness." You may say im- 
mediately, "Why yes, you are quot- 
ing II Timothy 3:16. We all can ac- 
cept that agreement." Yet there are 
many in our churches today who 
claim to accept the Bible as God's 
Word to guide them in their living 
and yet they reject matters like tith- 
ing, because they believe it to be a 
teaching of Old Testament times and 
not for this day of grace in which 
we live. If you are one of these, 
then possibly you will not accept this 
article, for it is written from the 



teachings of both Old and New Tes- 
taments. The writer believes sincerely 
that Jesus came to fulfill the Old 
Testament teachings and not to do 
away with them or to replace them. 
I believe the subject, "The Grace 
of Giving", can be studied better by 
dividing it into three parts : 1. The ' 
giving of our time; 2. The giving of 
our talents (or abilities); and 3. The 
giving of our possessions. The con- 
clusion will be entitled, "The giving 
of ourselves." 

1. The Giving of Our Time 

In this busy, fast-moving and fast- 
living world in which we find our- 
selves today, men and women in gen- 
eral, including many professing Chris- 
tians, find little time, other than one 
hour on Sunday morning, to give to 
the work of the Lord. They seem 
to have the belief that the minister 
is the only one who is supposed to 
give more than the accustomed one 
or two hours on Sunday morning. 

I wonder if Jesus was just talking 
to ministers when He said, "If any 
man will come after me he must deny 
himself, take up his cross, and fol- 
low me"? No! I believe He was talk- 
ing to each of us. We are all needed 
in the work of the kingdom. The 
preacher cannot do it all alone. We 
see proof of this fact in the failure 
of many of our churches to increase 
and grow. We must each be willing 
to give of our time for the promo- 
tion of the gospel for which our Lord 
gave His life. 

He asks for at least one-seventh 
of our time, one day out of seven. 
Is that asking too much? It must 
be, for most Christians seem to be- 
lieve that one or two hours a week 
is all they can spare. They go to 
Sunday School and possibly church. 



too, and then go home feehng t 
they have done their duty, and h 
the rest of the day to go to a 
game or on a nice, long pleas 
drive, or swimming, or to s 
other — possibly not sinful, yet 
fish — amusement, while the work I 
the Lord is neglected. People are 
visited and invited to chure 
friends are not persuaded they n 
Christ, and many there are all ab 
us who never hear the gospel » 
sage, year in and year out. i 

Have you ever looked about you 
those who appear to be in gi 
need of financial help? Those ^1 
appear to need more food to ea^ 
more clothing to wear, and bet| 
homes in which to live ? Have ;■ 
ever, upon seeing the needy, wisi 
you had a million dollars to help si 
unfortunate humanity that seems 
be in such desperate need of I 
necessities of life ? I have — and l| 
I am beginning to realize that I dl 
give them something money camj 
buy; something that will enrich th'j 
lives and give them a peace and ,1 
that nothing else can give. This sorl 
thing that is so valuable is the W'l 
derful news of salvation throi/l 
Christ Jesus — salvation from sin. 

O yes, it takes a little time 
visit our neighbors and friends; < 
takes a little time to go out of ( 
way to do a kind deed and say 
kind, encouraging word to our net! 
brothers in the world — and yet I ' 
lieve it to be what Christ would hsi 
us to do. 

"There are souls to rescue, thil 
are souls to save," and time is gral 
ing short, so let each of us determij 
within ourselves this day to give mc 
time to Bible reading, prayer, a 
personal evangelism during the : 
maining years of our lives. God, 1 1 



irch 11, 1961 



Page Thirteen 




Jf Giving 

i 
doMON 



r(|es, and His ministers need the 
pif all professing Christians to- 
■ I the work of evangelizing the 
•1 is to be accomplished for our 
•dmd Saviour. Let us give more 
ejto this holy work. It is our 
yknd our obligation, but more 

Jiis, it is our great opportunity 

jlorious privilege. 

The Giving of Our Talents 
great Apostle Paul, inspired of 

oly Spirit, tells us in Romans 
7jand 8, and also in Ephesians 
] that we each are given gifts 

e grace of God. Different gifts 
:!its or abilities), and yet they 
jU to work together for "the per- 
liig of the saints, for the work 
le ministry and for the edify- 
)f tlie body of Christ." (You and 
he believers, are the body of 
;t.) All must work together in 
Lony if the will of God is to be 
nplished as He would have it 
3 done. 

lere is too much of the feeling 
tig Christians today, "0 let so 
so do it; they can do it better 
. I." They make this excuse in- 
d of accepting every opportunity 
lelp in the work of the church, 
h more can be accomplished for 

if all the church will accept ev- 
opportunity to serve, as a priv- 
3, and then be determined by the 
;e and help of God to accomplish 
task to the best of their ability, 
jly there may be others who can 
it better, but if they refuse to 
the task, then it is left undone, 
ilieve God would want us to ac- 
; every opportunity to serve and 
lo our best to accomplish the task 
3is glory. 

^e read much in the Bible about 
jr and what a great preacher he 



became. He must have had great tal- 
ent for speaking. Then we read a 
little about Andrew, his brother. Pos- 
sibly he did not have great talents 
for preaching and winning thou- 
sands of souls by speaking, like his 
brother Peter; and yet we recall that 
it was Andrew who brought Peter to 
the Lord. Then Peter's success in 
winning souls depended first on An- 
drew bringing him to the Lord. You 
and I, whether we have talents to 
be great in the service of the Lord 
or not, can do our best and possibly, 
like Andrew, we can bring someone 
to the Lord, who does have great 
talents and many souls will be saved 
because of our faithfulness. 

Let us each this day deny our- 
selves and take up whatever task 
presents itself as a privilege and op- 
portunity to be of service, and then 
let us put forth our best efforts and 
abilities to the accomplishment of 
this task for the Lord. 

We are to glorify God in our deeds 
and good works, but some have 
neither, so God is not glorified. The 
church today does not necessarily 
need more gifted, talented people. No, 
it needs people in the church who are 
willing, by the grace of God, to use 
whatever talent they have in the work 
of spreading the gospel to all the 
world. Will you not use your talent, 
great or small, for God? 

3. The Giving of Our Tithes 
and Offerings 

The greatest teaching concerning 
this is found in Malachi 3:8, 9, "Will 
a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed 
me. (Saith the Lord). But ye say. 
Wherein have we robbed thee? In 
tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed 
with a curse: for ye have robbed 
me, even the whole nation." 



Strange how people are willing to 
abide by the scriptures and accept 
the Old Testament teachings, as well 
as the New Testament teachings, un- 
til they require some sacrifice on their 
part, or until, like this passage, it 
touches the pocketbook. This is usu- 
ally the point where they -reject the 
Old Testament teaching, and say, 
"Christ does not say that we need 
to tithe in His teachings. We are 
living under grace, not law." They 
always have an excuse. What answers 
are there, if any, to these statements 
that are so often made? Let us look 
further. 

When we look into Christ's teach- 
ings we find in Matthew 25:23 that 
He does teach the tithe. He tells us 
there that we should most definitely 
tithe and not neglect it. We, in the 
Brethren Church, accept every teach- 
ing of the Lord as though it were a 
definite command. If He says, "You 
ought to do this or that" we believe 
in obeying just as much as if He 
had said, "Ye must!" Let us then 
accept the teaching of tithing, since 
Jesus Himself says that we OUGHT 
to do it. 

Then, we have found that Jesus 
does teach tithing. True, we are un- 
der grace and not law at this present 
time. But Jesus came to fulfill the 
law — not to replace or do away with 
it. If He accepted it, why not we? 
If the people in the Old Testament 
times, living under law, gave their 
tithe faithfully, why should we not 
do more, living under grace ? 

Some may now say, "I believe in 
tithing, but not a whole tenth of 
my income." Then the person is not 
tithing, for the Greek word trans- 
lated "tithing" means one-tenth, and 
so does the Hebrew word used in 
the Old Testament. In tithing, then, 



Page Fourteen 



The Brethren EvangeliBt > 



we give a tenth of all our income 
to God. Is that asking too much, 
when we know that all good and 
perfect gifts come down from God 
to us ? Some seem to think so, for 
they are not willing to give that 
much back to God. 

The Conclusion 

Here is what I most sincerely be- 
lieve is the teaching of God on this 
subject. We are not our own, we 
are bought with a price — the great 
price of Christ, giving up His pre- 
cious life on the cruel cross for our 
sins; we are not our own, all we 
are, all we have, has been given to 
us, entrusted to us by God. We are 
but stewards, entrusted to use our 
time, our talents and our possessions 
in His service, to His glory. 

"The whole earth is the Lord's and 
the fullness thereof; the world and 



they that dwell therein" (Psalm 24). 
So, if we fail to give of our time, 
our talents and our possessions to 
God, we rob Him. If we rob, then 
we must be robbers, and Christ said 
that thieves and robbers cannot enter 
into the kingdom of heaven. 

If we sincerely wish to know about 
"The Grace of Giving" we need to 
look at the Divine Example, Jesus 
Christ — how He gave His time; His 
talents; His possessions; His all — 
Himself, to the accomplishment of the 
will of the Father in serving the suf- 
fering, needy, lost humanity. Can we 
do less ? 

If suddenly upon the street 
My gracious Saviour I should meet; 
And He should say, "As I love thee. 
What love hast thou to offer me?" 
Then what could this poor heart of 

mine 
Dare offer to that heart Divine ? 



His eye would pierce my outward ' 
show, ! 

His thought my inmost thought would i 
know; ' 

And if I said, "I love thee, Lord," 

He would not heed my spoken word. 

Because my daily life would tell 

If verily I loved Him well. 

If on the day or in the place i 

Wherein He met me face to face I 
My life could show some kindness 

done, 
Some purpose formed, some work be- 
gun. 
For His dear sake, then, it were meet 
Love's gift to lay at Jesus' feet. 



Reprinted from the Woman's Out- 
look, April 1951. 



HOUR BEFORE DAWN 

(Continued from page 11) 
hand, she saw the fresh wound of 
the nail. She knelt, sobbing, her arms 
outstretched witli longing. 

"Touch me not," He said, with in- 
finite gentleness, "for I am not yet 
risen to my Father, but to whom 
should the Son of Man come first save 
to his mother ? At dawn I belong to 
the world, but this moment, out of 
eternity, is ours. Tell no one; hold 
it forever in your heart. The world 
will cry, 'Give us proof,' but you 
have loved me with the greatest love; 
you will need none. And so all that 
I give you is a small, sweet memory, 
like the first little secrets we shared 
in my childhood — something so light 
that only a mother's heart would 
cherish it when all others had for- 
gotten. When the dark days come and 
you must take my presence on faith, 
remember this." 

The sound of His voice was quiet- 
ing her with a comfort as tangible 
as the caress which they could not 
exchange. His smile was a challenge. 
Still kneeling, with her hands clasped, 
she met it tremulously with her own. 

"Do you remember my sixth birth- 
day?" He asked. 



"We were very poor that year; I 
had no gift for you," she cried, the 
hurt of it still overwhelming her even 
in the tragedy of the present. 

"It did not matter," He said re- 
assuringly, "but do you remember the 
sparrow with the broken wing?" 

"You found it after the village boys 
had stoned it, and I dressed the 
wound," she responded eagerly. "You 
said it was your birthday gift, and 
it stayed with us, and was so tame 
that it would come to you when you 
held out your hand. Even after it was 
healed it stayed close by for a long 
time. We could tell, because it had a 
white feather on its tail." 

Jesus lifted His radiant face and 
looked toward the stars; He raised 
His nail-torn hand. 

There was a sudden flutter of wings 
circling His head, and on His finger 
came to rest a small, brown bird with 
one white tail-feather. He turned 
again toward Mary. 

"Verily I say unto you, that what- 
soever has possessed a spark of life 
on earth, and while that spark burned 
has increased by its infinitesimal 
brightness the joy of men, though it 
possess no soul, yet shall it live for- 
ever in heaven. Whatever has loved. 



or yearned for love, shall never be 
lost. Then how much more is this true 
of the souls of men ? 

"Whenever you need me," He as- 
sured, "I shall be with you as in- 
stantly as this bird, and though you 
see me not, there will be ways that 
you alone will know." 

He lifted His arm with a light, 
tossing motion, and the bird rose with 
a joyous note and disappeared into 
the lightening sky. 

Mary raised her eyes to follow its 
shadowy flight, and when she turned 
again, He, too, was gone. The thou- 
sand and one things that had trembled 
between them had not been spoken, 
and yet she was comforted and sus- 
tained. He had taken their relation- 
ship back across the questioning pe- 
riod of separation and pain, and given 
her the rich heritage of their early 
years together. 

The sun had not yet risen but the 
sky held promise. Below, in the 
shadowed streets, she could hear the 
voices of the women starting for the 
tomb with their baskets of fine linen 
and ointments. She did not call to 
them nor join them. She knew the 
tomb was empty. 

This is an Easter legend. 



Time to check progress on Goals 



i» arch 11, 1961 



Page Fifteen 



ool of Kingdom 13uilding 



fUissi 



issions 



"IF YOU ARE willing to go 
Ihere and stay, even though you 
lee no results in your lifetime. 
Wen though you have hardships 
ind misunderstandings and op- 
position, and are willing to let 
the one who follows you reap the 
aarvest, then go on. If you are 
ot willing for this, turn around 
,nd go back." 



Mrs. George Drushal quotes 
jthe man who started them in 
their Kentucky work in an ar- 
ticle she wrote in 1953 for the 
OUTLOOK. Dr. Guerrant also 
told the Drushals to start a 
I school if they wanted to build 
I a permanent work. A lifetime 
spent developing Riverside 
Christian Training School has 
served only to deepen the con- 
viction that "not only in Ken- 
tucky, but in every state in the 
union, a Christian school with 
Christian teachers where the Bi- 
ble is taught daily is one of the 
best allies of the church. The 
Christian world is slow in rec- 
ognizing this fact." 

But Brethren do recognize this 
fact. An outstanding young 
preacher, a product both of Riv- 
erside and of Ashland College, 
has returned to head the school 
at Lost Creek and the Christian 
work in the surrounding vicin- 
ity. Mrs. Drushal and her daugh- 
ter, Adah, finding the problems 
of the Riverside School admin- 
istration too heavy after the 
death of Rev. Drushal, have 
gone on to a bigger work on the 
west coast where their special 
talents can be used to fullest ad- 
vantage without the overwhelm- 
ing burden of total responsibility 
for administration. The W. M. S. 



of the Brethren Church has tak- 
en as a project the contribution 
of funds to help Riverside Chris- 
tian Training School become the 
fulfillment of the Drushal dream. 

Because the project offering 
was for Kentucky, the W. M. S. 
Luncheon at General Conference 
in 1960 followed a schoolroom 
theme. Round purple and white 
progi'am covers circled a draw- 
ing of a church school on a Bi- 
ble. Bible bookmarks were fa- 
vors. A replica of the Riverside 
classroom building served as 
stage background and as recep- 
tacle for the project offering. 
Flowers graced the tables. All 
these were supplied by the ladies 
from the Hagerstown, Md., W. 
M. S. who arranged the entire 
luncheon, which this year was 
held in a different church, the 
Church of the Brethren. 

A simple recital of what hap- 
pened can be found in the I960 
CONFERENCE MINUTES. On- 
ly those who were fortunate 
enough to be there can relate or 
share the vision portrayed. Har- 
old Barnett, himself a product 
of "bloody Breathitt" County, of 
Riverside Christian Training 
School, of graduate school, of ac- 
tive Brethren pastorates, can tell 
a mighty good tale. The four 
Riverside girls, who accompanied 
him to conference as part of a 
trip to publicize Riverside, can 
sing a mighty sweet mountain 
song. Tlie Hagerstown ladies can 
plan a mighty nice program, and 
the Church of the Brethren wo- 
men can cook a mighty good 
meal. All in all, this W. M. S. 
luncheon was fine. 

One of the added attractions 
was the little booklet prepared 



by students of the school for 
publicity purposes. M i m e o - 
graphed pages tell a brief story 
of the beginnings at Lost Creek, 
describe and even picture the 
buildings (sometimes in color!). 
Finished wood covers give the 
books a special appeal. These 
were used as table decorations, 
and unfortunately, when Rev. 
Barnett mentioned in his talk 
that he hoped to have enough 
for each W. M. S. president to 
have one to take home, the few 
he had with him disappeared so 
fast that no one knows who got 
which. We all regretted that we 
had not known of the possibility 
earlier so that an orderly method 
of distribution could be set up. 
Maybe we can visit Lost Creek 
and secure one then. Or a size- 
able contribution direct to the 
school would be rewarded, I'm 
sure. 

These W. M. S. luncheons have 
come to mean much to the wo- 
men of the Brethren Church. As 
we go about our Father's busi- 
ness of kingdom building, we find 
great inspiration in the fellow- 
ship to be enjoyed over a meal 
with those among us who are in 
the forefront of the endeavor — 
our missionaries — whether they 
be working in Africa or South 
America, in a home mission 
church or a Christian school like 
Riverside at Lost Creek, Ken- 
tucky. 

Wherever they work, wher- 
ever we support them, we are 
engaged in building the Kingdom 
of God by using the tool He gave 
us — Witnessing through mis- 
sions. 



Page Sixteen 




Sunday School Suggestions 

from the Natlonaf S. S. Board 
Dick Winfield 



VISIT! 

TO BUILD THE SUNDAY SCHOOL! 

"GO OUT into the highways and hedges and compel 
them to come in, that my house may be filled" Luke 14:23. 

SURELY IT IS GOD'S WILL that His house should 
be filled as the Word is taught on Sunday morning. 
Whether or not the attendance is high will depend to 
a certain extent on the amount of visitation that is done 
between Sunday School sessions. A sign on the church 
Ijuilding is not enough to bring people to God's house. 
We must visit them in their homes and make them want 
to come. 

What about our absentees ? Why were they absent ? 
Will they make every effort to be present next Sunday? 
If they are sick, our interest and sympathy will make 
them more anxious to return as soon as they are well. 
If they are indifferent, our enthusiasm and friendliness 
will quicken and renew their interest. Each teacher should 
visit his absentees before the following Sunday. 

Visitors to the class should be visited before the next 
Sunday. This will convince them that we really want 
them as members of the class. 

There are various ways of securing the names of pros- 
pects for the Sunday School. Each teacher should list 



The Brethren Evangelist 

any of his pupils' relatives who do not attend. Members 
of the School may give information regarding relatives, 
friends and neighbors who do not attend Sunday School. 
A community census may be taken periodically. 

Prospects should be classified according to depart- 
ments of the Sunday School, and should be visited in 
behalf of these departments. Some responsible person 
should be in charge of this visitation program. 

Cradle Roll workers may have a large part in building 
up the Sunday School. Interest in the baby is an open 
door to many unchurched homes. Cradle Roll visitors 
should work in close co-operation with the teachers, in 
an endeavor to bring all members of the baby's family 
into the Sunday School. 

One visit or six visits may not be enough, but let ns 
tactfully, patiently, continue to go after prospects until 
they are compelled to come in. 



ATTENTION 

Superintendents, Sunday School Teachers, Sunday School 
Workers; in the coming weeks you will be having an 
increasing attendance in both Sunday School and Church, 
with the climax coming on Easter Sunday morning. You 
can expect some visitors and many indifferent members 
to be in attendance on these Sundays. Therefore, this 
makes an excellent time to initiate a program of follow 
up. Visitors names should be taken down and visitors 
cards sent to them — or better yet, as suggested above, 
a personal visit should be paid to these people. Those 
members who have been indifferent and therefore ir- 
regular in attendance should be encouraged to attend. 
A personal follow-up visit to them is highly recommended 
also. 

So be on your toes during these coming weeks so that 
others may be brought into the Sunday School where 
they will receive regular study of God's Word. 



The 

Woman's 

Corner 



by 

Helen 

Jordan 



WHAT WOULD YOU DO? 

If Jesus came to your house to spend 

a day or two 
If He came unexpectedly, I wonder 

what you'd do ? 
Oh, I know you'd give your nicest 

room to such an honored guest 
And all the food you'd serve Him 

would be the very best. 
And you would keep assuring Him 

you're glad to have Him there. 
That serving Him in your home is a 

joy beyond compare. 
But when you saw Him coming would 

you meet Him at the door 



With arms outstretched in welcome to 

your Heavenly Visitor? 
Or would you have to change your 

clothes before you let Him in ? 
Or hide some magazines and put the 

Bible where they had been? 
Would you turn off the radio and hope 

He hadn't heard. 
And wish you hadn't uttered that last 

loud nasty word ? 
Would you hide your worldly music 

and put some hymn books out? 
Could you let Jesus walk right in, or 

would you rush about? 
I wonder if the Savior spent a day 

or two with you 
Would you go right on saying the 

things you always say; 
Would life continue as it does from 

day to day? 
Would your family conversation keep 

up its usual pace. 
And would you find it hard each meal 

to say a table grace ? 



Would you sing the songs you always 

sing and read the books you read 
And let Him know the things on which 

your mind and spirit feed ? 
Would you take Jesus with you 

wher'er you planned to go, 
Or would you maybe change your 

plans for just a day or so ? 
Would you be glad to have Him meet 

your very closest friends. 
Or would you hope they'd stay away 

until His visit ends ? 
Would you be glad to have Him stay 

forever, on and on 
Or would you sigh with great relief 

when at last He was gone ? 
It might be interesting to know the 

things that you would do 
If Jesus came in person to spend some 

time with you. 

Submitted by, 

Mrs. Elmer Dickey, 

Akron, Indiana. 



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ISAEASOTA, FLORIDA. The latest 

;endance report from Sarasota in- 

;ates that on February 19th, they 

d 185 in Sunday school and 308 in 

e worship service. 

Scheduled guest speaker in the 

^ irasota church on February 26th, 

las Dr. C. L. Anspach, of Central 

tichigan University, formerly Presi- 

fent of Ashland College and Semi- 

ary. 

OAK HILL, W. VA. Brother M. 
/. Dodds was the radio devotional 
Waker over WOAY the week of Feb- 
bary 27th. 

; Sunday morning services of the Oak 
lill Brethren Church for the month 
if March are scheduled for broadcast 
ver the same station. 

CAMERON, W. VA. The Cameron 
ihurch was host to the World's Day 
if Prayer service on February 17th. 

JOHNSTOWN, PENNA. (THIRD). 
From the Third Brethren bulletin we 
aote: "There was a splendid response 
to the Church Loyalty Appreciation 
Dinner. There were 114 served for 
the dinner. Pledges for the year 1961 
were received. The date was Feb- 
ruary 1st. 

FREMONT, OHIO. A report from 
the recent revival meetings shows an 
iverage attendance of 53 for the 12 
meetings. There were five first-time 
confessions and 27 reconsecrations. 

WARSAW, INDIANA. Brother C. 
if. Gilmer notes that on Saturday 
light and Sunday morning, March 
Llth and 12th, Brother Bob Bischof 
ivill speak in the Warsaw church and 
show slides of his work in Africa. 

MEXICO, INDIANA. Brother Floyd 
Sibert writes: "On February 5th, five 



MINISTERS: 

Remember the Pastor's 
Conference at Ashland, April 
llth to 13th. Full program 
vsrill be printed soon on these 
pages. 






people were baptized at the Mexico 
Brethren Church. One of these was 
from the College Corner church, and 
was baptized by Brother Grumbling. 
Six new members were received into 
the Mexico church. 

NORTH MANCHESTER, INDI- 
ANA. Brother C. Y. Gilmer, of War- 
saw, informs us that the North Man- 
chester pastor, Brother Stanton B. 
Leland entered the Wabash County 
Hospital, Wabash, Indiana, on Febru- 
ary 23rd. He was to have been hos- 
pitalized for about ten days. Let us 
remember our brother in our prayers. 

AKRON, INDIANA (COOPERA- 
TIVE). An African Market Day was 
conducted in the Akron church the 
evening of February 19th. Over 30 
adults and 16 youth cooperated in put- 
ting on this display of African market 
scenes, and the activities of a typical 
African market day. 

Visitation in Nursing Homes was a 
part of the day's activities of the 
Akron Brethren on February 26th. 



COMING EVENTS 

CUMBERLAND, MARYLAND. 

Evangelistic Services, Mar. 13-19. 
Rev. Hays K. Logan, Evangelist; Rev. 
D. C. White, Pastor. 

UDELL, IOWA. 

Evangelistic Meetings, Mar. 20-26. 
Rev. Robert Madoski, Evangelist; Rev. 
B. D. Hinegardner, Pastor. 

MEXICO, INDIANA. 

Revival Services, Apr. 3-9. Rev. 
Harold Barnett, Speaker; Rev. Floyd 
Sibert, Pastor. 

MILLEDGEVILLE, ILLINOIS. 

Post-Easter Revival Services, Apr. 
3-9. Rev. H. William Fells, Speaker; 
Rev. C. A. Stogsdill, Pastor. 

MUNCIE, INDIANA. 

Pre-Easter Services, Mar. 26-Apr. 2. 
Dean Delbert B. Flora, Speaker; Rev. 
J. G. Dodds, Pastor. 

ELKHART, INDIANA. 

Special Services, Apr. 3-9. Professor 
Charles R. Munson, Speaker; Rev. J. 
Milton Bowman, Pastor. 

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA (ARD- 
MORE). 

Evangelistic Services, beginning 
Apr. 4, and continuing for twO' weeks. 

Rev. V. Geren, Speaker; Rev. C. Wil- 
liam Cole, Pastor. 



World Religious News 

in Review 



JESUIT URGES ADOPTION 
OF COMMUNIST TECHNIQUES 

CLEVELAND (EP)— An English 
Jesuit has recommended that Catholic 
Action groups should adopt tech- 
niques that have been successfully 
utilized by the Communist party. 

Among techniques which he says 
have worked for the Communists, the 
Rev. Bernard Basset, Sodality pro- 
moter and widely-known author and 
TV personality includes: limiting ac- 
tion groups to 10 persons or less; 
adopting short-term objectives; select- 
ing aims that attract general sym- 
pathy; holding discussion-type meet- 
ings. 



AP NAMES TOP NEWSMAKERS 
FOR 1960: POPE JOHN, 
KENNEDY 

NEW YORK (EP)— The Associated 
Press, in a survey conducted among 
its 3,800 members including dailies 
and radio and TV stations, has named 
the top newsmakers for 1960: Pope 
John XXIII and Sen. John F. Ken- 
nedy, the first Roman Catholic Presi- 
dent ever elected in this country. 

Mr. Kennedy was named the over- 
all "Newsmaker of 1960" and the Pon- 
tiff took top honors in the religion 
category. 

In second place, behind Mr. Ken- 
nedy was Soviet Premier Nikita 



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Khrushchev. Trailing Pope John in 
the religion category was Dr. Billy 
Graham. 

The AP members also named top 
newsmakers in other fields such as 
science, sports, entertainment, labor 
and business. 



GHANA NEWSPAPER CALLS 
ROCK 'N' ROLL "EVIL" 

ACCRA, Ghana (EP)— "Evil," 
"sordid," "peculiar," "voluptuous," 
"weird," and "against our culture." 

These were epithets hurled by the 
pro-government Ghanaian Times at 
"Rock 'n' Roll" which made its debut 
here recently at a dance. 

The African editorial also stated: 
"The masses like the unusually sen- 
sational, we admit. But we should be 
alert enough to stop the sway of the 



lewd over our society." We should 
not copy "every silly thing" done in 
Britain and the United States, the 
paper said. 



COLOMBIAN ANTI-PROTESTANT 
BIGOTS ON THE RAMPAGE 

BARRANCABERMEJA, Colombia 
(EP) — New attacks on Protestants 
by vicious, armed men have been re- 
ported here. In San Gil, a band of un- 
known men smashed the doors and 
wooden window blinds of a Protestant 
meeting place. They poured fire from 
rifles and pistols into the building for 
approximately one hour. No meeting 
was in progress at the time, but there 
were 13 people in the house. They 
miraculously escaped unharmed. 

Fliers stating: "I am a Catholic" 
had been distributed to the townspeo- 



ple that morning to be posted on the 
front door. The house which was at- 
tacked displayed no card, since it was 
a Protestant house. 

Another attack reportedly erupted 
in Suaita. Unknown men forced their 
way into a Protestant home, struck 
the young mother's head with ma- 
chetes, then smashed furniture, cut 
up clothing, damaged the sevrtng ma- 
chine and furnishings then went out- 
side to ruin plantain trees and garden 
crops. 

When they had gone, the mother 
went to search for help with blood 
streaming from her head. Neighbors 
said as she walked along the road, 
"It is good enough for a Protestant 
— that is what they should do with 
all of them." The injured woman was 
able to reach her pastor who took 
her to Bucaramanga for treatment. 




Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies 

C. Y. Gilmer 



BLIND BARTIMAEUS 

I lift my bowl with withered hands 

To catch the traveler's eye. 
And smile, and bless bright heaven for alms; 

The road goes endless by. 

But now a tumult in my brain, 

And is that prophet near? 
Rise up, my soul, and shout thy pain 

Into His healing ear. 

Oh, He need only speak the word 

And give again my sight. 
And cleave the breast of this dark flood 

With God's clear, gracious light. 

—Fred W. Smith 

FOR. THE LAST TIME Jesus was going up to Jeru- 
salem by way of the Jericho Road (Mk. 10:32-35). 
As Jesus walked and taught, a great crowd followed 
(Mk. 10:46). 

"Come, burdened one, bring all your care, 

Jesus is passing by; 
The love that listens to your prayer 

Will 'no good thing' deny. 
Hasten to meet Him on the way; 
Jesus is passing by today." 
Bartimaeus could not see, but he could hear (Lu. 10:36). 
Can this be the Prophet coming my way (v. 37) ? 
"What means this eager, anxious throng (Lu. 18:36), 



Which moves with busy haste along — 
These wondrous gatherings day by day! 
What means this strange commotion, pray? 
In accents hushed the throngs reply: 
'Jesus of Nazareth passeth by.' " 
That day Bartimaeus seized, perhaps his first, and 
certainly his last opportunity (Mk. 10:47). His voice 
for help soared above the many voices of a multitude 
(Lu. 18:38). Bartimaeus, "the son of Timaeus," — "cor- 
rupted," "blinded," is spiritually blind (1 Cor. 2:14). He 
is a poor beggar (Lu. 18:35, 41), incurable (v. 42), in 
need of a miracle (v. 43). But many had no pity for this 
blind, unfortunate man (Mk. 10:48). Though Satan was 
hindering, and he was out-numbered, his persistence out- 
weighed (Lu. 18:39). Instead of discouraging this poor 
helpless sinner, Jesus commanded that they help him 
(v. 40). 

"Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind, 
Sight, riches, healing of the mind, 
Yea, all I need in Thee to find, 
Lamb of God, I come! I come!" 
Casting aside his garment, sick and tired of the old 
life, he would not be hindered nor slow in coming to 
Jesus (Mk. 10:50). Let all who would look to Jesus cast 
away their old worldly cloaks (Heb. 12:2). And so, Bar- 
timaeus received not only his physical but also his spir- 
itual sight (Lu. 18:42). 

Pass me not, gentle Savior, 

Hear my humble cry. 
While on others Thou art calling. 

Do not pass me by. 
Let me at a throne of mercy 

Find a sweet relief; 
Kneeling there in deep contrition. 

Help my unbelief. 
Trusting only in Thy mefit. 

Would I seek Thy face; 
Heal my wounded, broken spirit. 
Save me by Thy grace. 

— Fanny J. Crosby 



ikh 11, 



1961 



CtNTERBURY ARCHBISHOP 
T| RETIRE; QUEEN NAMES 
BB SUCCESSOR 

London (EP)— Dr. Geoffrey 
Pther, Archbishop of Canterbury and 
siritual head of the Church of Eng- 
Lfd said he plans to retire May 31, 
181. 

JDr. Fisher, now famous for his his- 
tkc meeting December 2, 1960 with 
J pe John XXIII and his emphasis on 
lity tallis between Protestants and 
]|man Catholics, told a convocation 
i( churchmen here that he feels the 
jne has come when he must give his 
jsponsibilities to a younger man. He 
ill be 74 on May 5. 
I Queen Elizabeth II nominated Dr. 
i Michael Ramsey, 56-year-old Arch- 
shop of York, to succeed the ranking 
felate of the Church of England, 
he nomination of Dr. Ramsey to be- 
ume the 100th Archbishop of Canter- 
liry must now be approved by the 
jean and Chapter of Canterbury, 
Isually a mere formality. 

ioNGOLESE SEIZE U. S. 
kiSSIONARIES 

USUMBURA, Ruanda-Urundi (EP) 
Usix American Baptist missionaries 
ind their families have been arrested 
Dy Congolese troops as they fled the 



Congo's rebel-held Kivu Province, 
white refugees report. 
j Dr. R. H. Bothwell of the Baptist 
Mission had arranged for the entire 
party of 29 missionaries to be evac- 
uated and the United Nations es- 
corted them to a bridge opposite the 
(frontier of Ruandi-Urundi, a Belgian 
Itrust territory. 

The six missionaries, their wives 
and 17 children were reportedly put 
into Congolese army trucks and driv- 
en to Bukavu, the provincial capital 
run by followers of deposed Premier 
Lumumba. 

MOSLEMS MURDER 
EUROPEANS; VIOLENCE 
CONTINUES IN ALGERIA 

ALGIERS, Algeria (EP)— An an- 
gry Moslem mob killed three Euro- 
peans and burned their automobile 
while rioting, police say, in the Al- 
giers suburb of Baraki. Eight others 
were injured in the riot, one of them 
a European who was reported in se- 
rious condition. 

Witnesses said the fanatical rioters 
poured out into the streets by the 
hundreds, slashed the throat of Seig- 
fried Schramm, 31-year-old German 
chauffeur for a local firm, and used 



Weddings 

CARTER-KING. Allen Bruce Carter 
and Barbara Ann King, were united in 
marriage, January 20th, at the New 
Lebanon Brethren Church. The double 
ring ceremony was used by the under- 
signed. 

Charles C. Bader, Pastor. 



Memorials 

THOMAS. Charles J. Thomas was 
called to his eternal home, Jan. 19th. 
Bom Mar. 27, 1902. Member, Third 
Brethren Church, Johnstown. Sur- 
vived by his widow, one son and one 
daughter. The daughter is the wife 
of Rev. Robert L. Keplinger, Canton, 
Ohio. Services by the undersigned, 
with interment in Forest Lawn Ceme- 
tery. 

William H. Anderson, Pastor. 

POFFENBERGER. Mrs. Cecil 
(Louise) Poffenberger died Feb. 8th, 
at 57 years of age. Member of the St. 
James Brethren Church for many 
years. Survived by her husband, two 
sons, three grandchildren, two broth- 
ers and one sister. Funeral services 
by the writer, assisted by Frank Rot- 
tier. Interment, Mountain View Ceme- 
tery. 

Freeman Ankrum. 
* * * 

SAUFLEY. Oscar H. Saufley, born 
Apr. 25, 1881, died Jan. 19, 1961. 
Member of the Mt. Olive Brethren 
Church for many years. Survived by 
one daughter, four grandchildren, sev- 
en great grandchildren and two sis- 



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ters. Rev. Fells S. Lam, of the Lib- 
erty and St. Luke churches, is a 
grandchild. Funeral services by the 
Rev. Wilbur Garber due to the inabil- 
ity of the Pastor to be present. In- 
terment, church cemetery. 

John F. Locke, Pastor. 

LESH. Mrs. Laura Lesh, wife of 
Harvey Lesh, died Feb. 11th. Funeral 
services by the undersigned. 

KERSTETTER. Luella Kerstetter, 
oldest member of the Louisville Breth- 
ren Church, passed to her eternal re- 
ward at the age of 92 years. Member 
of the Louisville church for 70 years. 
Funeral services, Feb. 1st. 

BRUNNER. Cheryl Brunner, three 
years of age, daughter of Mr. and 
Mrs. Christian Brunner, passed away 
after an eight month's illness. Ser- 
vices on Jan. 25th by the undersigned. 
Both parents attend the Louisville 
Brethren Church where the father is 
a member. 

HERTZEL. Mrs. Walter Hertzel, 
93, passed to her eternal reward just 
before Christmas. Survived by a neph- 
ew. 

JOHNSTON. Mrs. Robert John- 
ston's funeral was held on Dec. 16th. 
She is survived by her husband. 

EBIE. Robert Ebie, 21, killed in an 
automobile accident, was buried on 
Nov. 25th. Joined the Louisville 
Brethren Church eight years ago. Sur- 
vived by his parents, a brother and 
a sister. 

L. V. King, Pastor. 



axes on his two companions. It was 
the first fatal clash between Moslems 
and Europeans since President de 
Gaulle of France won a referendum 
victory on his Algerian policy of self 
determination. 



NO POSSIBILITY OF UNION 
SAY RUSSIAN CHURCHMEN 

MOSCOW (EP)— Rumors that the 
Russian Orthodox Church might con- 
sider uniting with Roman Catholic or 
Protestant Churches were scotched 
here by Metropolitan Pitirim of Kru- 
titsky and Kolomna, one of the top 
leaders of the Orthodox Church. 

He said any talk of union of the 
Orthodox Churches with the Catholic 
or Protestant Churches would con- 



tradict the position of Orthodox be- 
lievers that theirs is the one true 
Church of Christ. 

Metropolitan Pitirim was inter- 
viewed along with Bishop Nicodim, 
head of the foreign affairs depart- 
ment of the Moscow Partriarchate, 
following their return from a month- 
long tour of Orthodox centers in the 
Near and Middle East under the lead- 
ership of Patriarch Alexei, supreme 
head of the Russian Church. 

Nicodim, at the same time, inti- 
mated that the Russian Church was 
eager to establish close ties with the 
Christian Churches in Europe and the 
Middle East. He appeared less en- 
couraging about concrete contacts 
with American church organizations, 
at least in the near future. 



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MAN'S CHOICE 



Virgil E. Bushman 



AT CREATION God gave man the power to choose. 
Man has always used that power either for his 
benefit or his destruction. 

At the last prayer meeting will be those who have 
been reproved by the Spirit of God. 

"He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, 
shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy" 
(Proverbs 29:1). God reproves men both negatively and 
positively. He cautions them by righteous warnings and 
attracts them with merciful love. The pendulum of His 
Grace swings faithfully, untiringly, in its majestic arc, 
from the pole of judgment to the pole of mercy. If a 
man is lost, he will be lost because he ignores this faith- 
ful reproving of the Spirit of God. 

God's Spirit reproves men by His Word. Throughout 
the Scriptures are clear warnings about the fate of those 
who reject the claims of Christ upon their souls. 

God also reproves men by the righteous lives of His 
saints. All of us know men and women in whose pres- 
ence we find it easier to do right than wrong. Those 
who have that coveted spiritual possession, Grace, seem 
to draw all who come in contact with them toward God. 

God reproves men by the sight of sin's effects around 
them. Every time you pass a penitentiary or a jail, it 
should remind you that sin does not pay. The records 
of crime, sin and lawlessness on the front page of your 
daily newspaper prove that a life lived in defiance of 
God's law is lived in vain. Every time you read of de- 
feated, confused and bewildered entertainers vainly 
searching for happiness and pleasure, you see an illustra- 
tion of God's law that says, "Whatsoever a man soweth, 
that shall he also reap." 

A famous actress died at the age of 82. She was liv- 
ing in abject poverty and made the statement to her 
neighbor, "If I had my life to live over again, it would 
be entirely different." If she, as a beautiful young lady, 
many years ago had given her life to Christ, she would 
never have had regrets on her death bed. 

There are thousands who are in the prime of life now, 
but time is rapidly fleeting, days are numbered. Turn 
your life over to Christ before it is too late. Yes, the 
Spirit of God is faithful, even through the newspapers, 
in reproving men and women who continue their neglect 
of God. 

At the last prayer meeting will be those who have 
hardened their hearts. The Bible says, "He, that being 
often reproved hardeneth..." (Proverbs 29:1). Within 



the mysterious recesses of the heart of man is hidden 
the power of decision. Man has been given the ability 
to make his own free choice. Within the heart of man 
are found both the possibility of rising to the highest 
heights and the possibility of sinking to the lowest 
depths. But once his direction is set, his choices con- 
firm his decision. The man who makes his bed must 
lie in it. 

You can harden your heart by neglect. The popular 
notion that we must commit some sin to be lost is er- 
roneous. We don't have to do a single thing to be lost 
— we are lost to begin with. The Scripture says, "He 
that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath 
not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of 
God" (John 3:18b). 

From childhood through youth and old age, the Spirit 
of God is using every agency at His disposal to bid for 
your soul, seeking to reconcile you to God. But just as 
God will never harden your heart, neither will He force 
you against your will. All you need to do to be lost 
is just to continue in your present state — just neglect the 
matter of your soul's salvation. Don't misunderstand 
me, your heart can be hardened by the Gospel. Neglect 
of the Gospel is in itself a hardening process. The same 
sun that melts the butter, hardens the clay. So the 
preaching of the Gospel softens some hearts, while it 
hardens others by the stubbornness and rebellion of their 
own wills. That is why it is dangerous to listen to the 
Gospel message and to do nothing about it. 

You can also harden your heart by rejection. God 
has given to every man a "sixth sense", the sense of 
spiritual perception. If it were not so, the Holy Spirit 
could not draw man to God. But unconverted man will 
stifle this "sixth sense" by continual rejection until he 
becomes deadened. "My Spirit shall not always strive 
with man," says the Lord. When the heart is totally 
hardened, then the Spirit of God has no means of speak- 
ing to man. 

It is said that when Aaron Burr was a young man 
he attended a Gospel meeting, at which the Spirit of 
God made a strong bid for his soul. Aaron Burr rejected 
the pleadings of the Spirit and said, "God! You leave 
me alone, and I'll leave you alone!" When Burr was an 
old man, he admitted that he had never again felt the 
impulse to become a Christian. Yes, we can harden our 
hearts by rejection. 

The lost men who will one day pray, not to God, but 
to the rocks and mountains, are men who have hardened 



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eir hearts. Having chosen to rule Christ out of their 
/es, to choke God out of their vocabulary, and to reject 
irist totally from their thinking, they can now only 
ay for destruction. 

, At the last prayer meeting will be men who face cer- 

i tin destruction because they have chosen the way of 

feath. They "shall suddenly be destroyed, and that with- 

lit remedy." Civilizations have perished because they 

^ored God, His precepts and His mercy. America with 

il her splendid possibilities, and her noble background 

^ay be God's prodigal but she is certainly not God's pet. 

f she defiantly hurls herself before the sure-moving 

jhariot wheels of God's justice, she will be as surely de- 

jtroyed as have other great civilizations which have 

ailed to take their Creator seriously. 

I History provides us with the record of the certainty 

If God's judgment upon men who find it in their hearts 

io defy His law and trample His mercy under their feet. 

Pompeii, a city now known for its perversion and de- 

bravity, was totally destroyed in A. D. 79 by the eruption 

Lf Mount Vesuvius. Judgment came to that city just a 

dozen years after Paul had preached the Gospel nearby. 

It chose the road to self-indulgence, sin and debauchery, 

rather than God's way. Many of Rome's political leaders 

died along with thousands of other victims in that sen- 

Isual resort city. 

\ We as individuals face a tragic end if, having been 
loften reproved, we harden our hearts and reject Christ's 
pleadings. The age-old excuse is, "There is plenty of 
time." Illogical though it be, the excuse seems to be uni- 
Iversal. Speak to a young man about God and his soul's 
[salvation, and he will reply, "There is plenty of time." 
Speak about God to a middle-aged businessman, with the 
streaks of gray coming into his forelocks, and he will 
say, "There is still plenty of time." Speak to a tottering 
old man about eternity and the welfare of his soul, and 
with trembling voice he will answer, "There is still 
plenty of time." 

The greatest enemy of man is not war, nor disease 
— but death. Statisticians tell us that nearly 60 million 
people die every year, or about 150,000 every day, 6,000 
every hour, 100 every minute. A number equal to a city 
with a population of 150,000 enters eternity every day. 
Today the swift-moving pace of events on God's calen- 
dar seems to be quickened. The present world chaos 
would suggest that we may be on the threshold of a 
new era, the one of which Paul spoke when he said, 
"For we know that the whole creation groaneth and 
travaileth in pain together until now" (Romans 8:22). 
Those who pray to God now will not be among those 
who will pray for the rocks and the mountains to fall 
upon them. They will not seek to hide from the face 
of Him who reigns in righteousness and judgment. The 
Bible says, "Now is the accepted time; behold, now is 
the day of salvation" (II Corinthians 6:2). 

I beg you to fall upon your faces before God at this 
moment and to say, "God be merciful to me a sinner." 
I beg you to come to the Cross where Christ died for 
your sins, shedding His blood that you might find for- 
giveness. If you will pray sincerely and receive Christ 
as your Lord and Saviour, you need have no fear of the 
judgment, for the Scripture says, "There is therefore 
now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus" 
(Romans 8:1). 



Ask Him to take control of your life, let Him rule 
and direct you. He will give you heaven in your heart 
here and now. He promises salvation now and eternal 
life to come for those who will trust in His finished 
work and put their confidence in Him alone. 
END PRODUCT IS THE THING: 

A plain bar of iron is worth about $5. This same bar 
of iron, made into horseshoes, is worth $10.50. If made 
into needles, it becomes worth $3,285, and if turned into 
balance springs for watches, it attains a worth of $250,- 
000! 

The same is true of another kind of material — man — 
whose value is determined by what he makes of himself. 
Milledgeville, Illinois 



NEWS FROM LOCAL 

LAYMAN ORGANIZATIONS 

VINCO LAYMEN ACTIVE 

The Vinco Brethren Laymen held their regular monthly 
meeting in the Church Fellowship House Tuesday even- 
ing, January 10, 1961. This proved to be a very spirited 
meeting with twenty-two present. President Lavelle 
Horner was in charge of the meeting. Brother Lester 
Leidy led in Devotions. After the singing of two hymns, 
he read portions of scripture, one from Hebrews 6:13-20, 
and commented on the promises of God in this particular 
chapter. The other scripture was taken from Matthew 
6:26-34 where we have a portion of Christ's Sermon 
on the Mount. This chapter relates how God clothes and 
feeds the birds of the air, and the flowers of the field, 
and also states that if we seek the Kingdom of God 
first, all these necessary things will be added to us. 
Brother Leidy then led in prayer. 

Secretary, Don Leckey read the minutes of the De- 
cember meeting and treasurer, Carl Smith read the re- 
port of the treasury. These reports were both accepted. 
A business session then followed. One of the items of 
business that was discussed resulted in a decision of 
the men to plan and to serve a Church Fellowship Carry- 
In Dinner Wednesday, January 25th. The entire church 
and friends was invited to attend this Carry-In Dinner, 

Rev. Cecil Cook from the Church of God in Portage, 
Pennsylvania, gave a fine message from the scripture 
text found in Matthew 19:16-22. Rev. Cook pointed out 
in his message, that the rich young ruler had done the 
right thing by seeking eternal life. He realized the value 
of eternal life, and came to the right source for what 
he wanted. Eternal life comes only through the Son 
of God. This is the only source, but we must receive 
this gift on the Master's terms and not on our own 
terms. The cost seemed to be too great for this rich 
young man, the price was too high, so he went away 
sorrowful. We have no other comment to make on this 
rich young man as nothing else is recoi'ded of what hap- 
pened to him. Many seek eternal life because they re- 
alize the value, but are not willing to pay the price. 

We were then served with delicious refreshments by 
Brother Lester Leidy, and after several items were dis- 
cussed at random and a fine spirit of fellowship enjoyed, 
the meeting was dismissed. 

James I. Mackall, 
Publicity Secretary. 



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ren 
th 
usaders 



TOOL OF KINGDOM BUILDING 



. . .MISSIONS! God's tool for build- 
ing His Kingdom is missions. Mis- 
sions need missionaries. . .dedicated 
. . .soul-loving . . . strong. . .believing. 
God needs young people. . .men. . . 
women ... to be sowers in the field of 
the world. 

Brethren Youth has young people 
. . .boys. . .girls. . .teenagers listening 
to the Master's call "ye shall be wit- 
nesses unto me both in Jerusalem, 
and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, 
and unto the uttermost part of the 
earth." You shall be witnesses to 
Him both in Warsaw, and in all In- 
diana, and in Kentucky, and to the 
uttermost part of the earth! 

Brethren Youth lift up their eyes 
to the fields white for harvest . . . they 
seek His Kingdom. . .venture with 
Him. Brethren Youth are Kingdom 
builders. . .in missions! 

...IN LIVING Brethren Youth 
seek the Kingdom. Dedicated teen- 
agers take time to be alone with God 
sometime during the day. In prayer 
they commune with Him . . . listen for 
His voice. . .hear His call. 

In His Word they strive to know 
the Master's plan for their lives. They 
search for the blueprint He has pre- 
pared . . . where He leads they will fol- 
low... across the street. . .aci-oss the 
seas. 

Dedicated teenagers are not oddly 
diff'erent but wholesomely different. 
Old things ai-e passed away: all 
things are become new. The things 
of earth no longer glitter: the spir- 
itual things now glow. Now they have 
eyes to see and ears to hear... the 
needs of othei's. . .lost souls. . .eter- 
nity. 



Brethren Youth live for Christ. Day 
by day they are living, breathing 
testimonies of Him. By their deeds 
and actions, by their words and songs 
they become more and more like the 
Master. In quiet sincerity or bound- 
ing exuberance they build for the 
Kingdom. . .some will use the tool of 
Missions!. . .Ministry!. . .Christian ra- 
dio ! . . . Christian teaching ! . . . Agricul- 
ture! . . . Home Economics! . . . Full- 
time church employment!. . .Doctors! 
. . .Nurses! 

... IN GIVING Brethren Youth 
provide tools of the Kingdom. In our 
short but productive history, Breth- 
ren Youth has generously supported 
missions. Teenagers have caught the 
vision . . . supplied a need . . . answered 
the call. . .of missions. 

Brethren Youth has supported mis- 
sions in Argentina. . .Nigeria. . .Ken- 
tucky . . . Florida . . . Arizona. Once 
again in '61 our youth will give to 
the Argentine mission field. $25,000 
...given to missions. . .home and 
abroad . . . plus other projects for 
youth work. 

Brethren Youth believe in missions! 
. . . believe they are the tool of King- 
dom building. . .believe they must be! 

Many are too young to enter the 
mission field yet, but they can give 
of their time and treasures . . . they 
can suppoi't native pastors. . .they can 
send prepared missionaries. 

Yes, we know that missions are a 
Tool of Kingdom Building. . .mission- 
aries are sowers of the seed. . .and 
we give! 

...IN SERVING Brethren Youth 
build the Kingdom. "Jesus Galls Us" 
and we must answer... at home... 
in B. Y. C.... during worship... at 
camp. 



The restless spirit of youth is chal- 
lenged. . .met. . .urged on in Christian 
service. This is no picnic! This means 
work. . .dedication . . . heartache . . . 
tears. . .and rejoicing. 

Young men . . . young women . . . 
have answered the call of the Mas- 
ter. They have prepared themselves 
for service ... in Kingdom building. 
To build you must have a blueprint 
...a solid foundation. . .good mate- 
rial. Jesus Christ provides everything 
we need! 

Today young people are answering 
the call. 283 youth have said, "Take 
my life. Lord... guide me in Thy 
wisdom . . . show me the way ... I am 
willing to go." These Brethren Youth 
are known as Life Work Recruits. 
They seek the Master- way. . .some 
will enter the mission field. 

Brethren Youth serve in the King- 
dom ... in missions. List to the Mace- 
donian call... hear the Savior speak. 
What will your answer be ? Will you 
serve? 

... In living, giving and serving we 
help build the Kingdom. With reso- 
lution we become His disciples. . .with 
resolution we serve Him. 

We urge you to support the work 
of the Kingdom . . . provide its great- 
est tool, MISSIONS. Give financially 
. . .give missionaries. . .give materials 
...give prayers. . .give yourself. 

Brethren Youth stands ready to aid 
in Kingdom building. They look to 
the future . . . they see the harvest 
fields. . .hear the cry of lost souls. . . 
across the street. . .across the sea. 

Brethren Youth will be missionaries 
(preaching, teaching, healing). . . wit- 
nesses. . .in Jerusalem. . .all Judaea 
...in Samaria... to the ends of the 
earth ! 



tirch 11, 1961 



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BILLY BOOTH SPEAKS . . . 



NORTHERN INDIANA . . . 
DISTRICT RALLY 

"It isn't the GALE that sets the 
SAIL" was the theme of the Northern 
Indiana District Brethren Youth Cru- 
sader's Rally on Sunday, January 8, 
1961, in the Nappanee First Brethren 
Church. 

There were 196 youths and advisors 
registered for the rally, which opened 
with words of welcome by Bob Lun- 
dal, Nappanee BYC president. A 
singspiration, led by 0. A. Lambert, 
was accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. 
Merle Stouder. 

The afternoon message "Drifting 
or Steering?" was presented by Rev. 
Jerry Flora, pastor of New Paris 
Brethren Church. Special music was 
by Ardmore and Warsaw churches. 

Roxie Smith, District President, 
had charge of the offering and busi- 
ness meeting. After the benediction 
by Rev. Ingraham, supper was served 
in the lower auditorium where the 
tables were decorated with lighted 
lighthouses and red ships with white 
sails to carry out the nautical theme. 

Evening vesper sei'vice was opened 
with camp songs and prayer. Nap- 
panee Girls Trio sang and the play 
"How Suzanne Slew Her Giant" was 
presented by the Nappanee youth. 
— Mrs. Milo Mellinger, Jr. 
Nappanee Sr. Advisor 



"On this page you will read sev- 
eral reports from youth groups. We 
know you are interested in seeing 
what kids are doing in other areas. 

"Included vi'ith the Indiana District 
Rally article was a fine poster they 
sent to all their churches. We wish 
we could reproduce it here. However, 
we urge you to send in articles and 
pictures. They will be welcomed here 
in the Youtla Office and will be put 



NEW LEBANON... 
JUNIORS 

The Jr. gi-oup, the Jet Cadets, are 
having a contest in which they are 
racing to the moon. The group is 
divided into squadrons. 

To obtain the 240,000 miles needed, 
they gain mileage by: 1. Being at 
meeting — 500 mi.; 2. On time — 500 
mi.; 3. Bible— 1000 mi.; 4. Taking 
part in the program — 1000 mi.; 5. 
Bringing a guest — 5000 mi.; 6. Bible 
Drill— 100 mi. each; 7. F. B.I. (Faith- 
ful Bible Investigator) ; 8. Each cor- 
rect answer 100 mi. 

The standings are posted on the 
"Moon Poster" in the Choir Room. 
The winning Squadron will be hon- 
ored at a Patriot Party given by the 
losing Squadrons. The top five with 
the highest scores will be awarded 
prizes. 

National B. Y. C. have a goal of 
$6,000.00 for the radio station in Ar- 
gentina so the Gospel may reach 
many. A Peso Bank is in the Church 
Lobby. 

— New Lebanon Bulletin 



on these Youth pages of the Evan- 
gelist. 

"We thank you for the recent re- 
ports but we would like to have many 
more. Sending reports (at least two 
a year) is one of our Goals, so meet 
a goal, help us out and inform other 
groups of your activities! 

"We'll wait eagerly for your re- 
ports and articles . . . see you on the 
Youth pages!" 



DAYTON . . . 

OHIO 

After reading the B. Y. Newsletter, 
I've decided to write and bring some 
of our news to you. 

Right now our youth group is hav- 
ing a change in youth leaders. Our 
new leader's name is Miss June 
Schriml. 

So far we have fulfilled only four 
Goals but are working to catch up. 
We also hope to work on the goal for 
Argentina and have at least two con- 
testants in the Speech Contest. Our 
Prayer Meeting and Bible Studies are 
coming along fine. 

— Candy Carmean, 
President 



Northeast Ohio Youth Rally 

March 12. 196! 

Mansfield, Ohio, Church 

2:30 P.M. 



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STATISTICAL REPORTS 

Pastors and church secretaries are reminded that 
March 31st is the date for the official close of the 
fiscal church year. Statistical report blanks are 
then to be filled in and mailed to the District 
Statistician. His name appears on the blanks you 
received. Do this now, and then it will not be neces- 
sary to resort to a frantic dash to get it done be- 
fore final filing date. 



PASTOR'S CONFERENCE 

The dates are April 11th through 13th. This im- 
portant conference is also surrounded by Board 
and Committee meetings — a very busy time for 
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Give God a chance — 

To all who are weary. He will give rest; 

To all who are lonely. He extends friendship; 

To all who mourn, He promises comfort; 

To all who sin. He offers salvation. 

To whosoever will, Christ opens wide the 
door and says, "Come, find happiness, peace 
of mind, freedom from sin, a new life. 

Christ is knocking at your door, but you must let 
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Jitch 18, 1961 




Page Three 



itor's 



PHERE WAS a man who 
I- wanted a Bible, so he went 
• a Christian book store and 
)ld the clerk that he wanted 
le most beautiful and nicest 
;ible he could get. None of the 
Sibles which the book store had 
h stock suited him, so from a 
lumber of Bibte supply house 
atalogs, he finally chose one to 
iis liking. 

When it came, it was bound 
n the finest leather with gold 
etters. The paper inside was the 
inest which could be produced. 
Beautiful full-color pictures were 
Dound in the printed pages. 
Fruly, there was no finer Bible 
being published anywhere. 

The man paid for his purchase 
md took the coveted volume 
aome. There he placed it on an 
3xpensive table in the center of 
bhe picture window in his living 
room. In this choice position, ev- 
erybody who came to visit him 
:ould see his Bible. How proud 
he was, and he did not hesitate 
bo show it to anyone who hap- 
pened to call upon him. Wher- 
ever he went, he talked about 
his beautiful Bible. 

There was only one hitch to 
this whole matter. The man 
never read the Bible he had pur- 
chased. And no matter how 
much he had paid for it, nor how 
beautiful it was, nor how much 
he loved it and fondled it, the 
Bible was a dead book to him. 
Even though its pages formed 



the word of God, he received 
nothing of its eternal message. 
We might say that it was very 
foolish for the man to spend all 
that money to buy and display 
his Bible when he didn't intend 
to read it, but then we could 
begin to think about the num- 
ber of five dollar Bibles which 
are not read very much. 

Jesus told us to "Search the 
scriptures. . .for they. . .testify 
of me" (John 5:39). In this Holy 
Season of the year, it is well for 
the Christian to spend more 
time reading and studying God's 
Word. As Christ seeks that we 
shall grow more like Him, so we 
should learn more about this 
method of growth by reading of 
Him in the Bible. 

We go about our work literally 
starving our souls when in our 
homes we have the source of the 
spiritual Bread. We thirst for 
something really satisfying, 
when all the time the sacred 
black-bound Book tells of the 
One who gives living water. We 
are anxious and worry so much 
even when within reaching dis- 
tance of the Bible because we 
have failed to read the testimony 
of His Word that He is the One 
who can bring lasting peace to 
our hearts. 

How barren, dry and empty 
our lives may be as we seek to 
satisfy ourselves with a constant 
round of TV watching, parties 



With His 
Word 



and magazines, etc., may be 
crudely illustrated by the story 
of the man who died of thirst 
on a desert when just a few feet 
below him was an underground 
current of water. Had he been 
able to recognize the signs, and 
with a little effort on his part, 
he could have satisfied his thirst 
with life-giving waters. 

The real necessity of good Bi- 
ble reading, not only at Easter 
time, but all through the year 
is pointed up when Jesus said, 
"If ye continue in my word, then 
are ye my disciples" (John 8: 
31). So we see that in order to 
continue as a Christian it re- 
quires that we shall be faithful 
in the study of God's Word. 

We need an answer to the 
problem of complacency, indif- 
ference and unconcern on the 
part of many in the church to- 
day. It is to be found in the re- 
newal of a vital study of God's 
Word, of taking anew into our 
hearts the power of the Spirit, 
and of learning His will for us. 
The form of non-Bible reading 
Christianity is proving itself of 
no value today. Let us open the 
Bible, study it, and live our lives 
in its full power. Then the 
church will experience the re- 
vival we all agree is needed so 
greatly today. Meet the Lord in 
the Scriptures and do His will 
each day. One hour with His 
Word each day will transform 
the life alway. W. S. B. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 




DURBAR at MAIDUGURI 

Lora Mainard 



THE DURBAR is a Hindu custom 
which spread to Africa long ago. 
It is an occasion at which the lesser 
kings, princes, and chiefs come with 
their retinues to greet and pledge 
their loyalty to the greatest ruler of 
the empire. This Durbar was much 
like a parade. We had been told that 
the gates would close at 8:30 A.M., 
just before the arrival of Princess 
Alexandra, but we went early so that 
we could see the crowds gathering. 
We arrived about 7 o'clock and al- 
ready there were large crowds of peo- 
ple, both spectators and those who 
were to participate. Musicians, horse- 
men and dancers were already lining 
the wide avenue for pei'haps a mile. 
We walked up and down either side, 
getting a good look at the elaborately 
embroidered, flowing gowns of the 



horsemen and the trappings on the 
horses. Many of the horses were so 
covered with cloth, wide bands of 
metal, masks over their faces and 
gaily colored silk tassels hanging 
from their forelocks and manes that 
we could hardly tell what color the 
horses were. There were a few horses 
that wore leggings. One big chief was 
mounted on a horse which was wear- 
ing what looked like red velvet 
trousers on both front and rear legs. 
The musicians were interesting 
with their drums, flutes, bugles, etc. 
Quite a number of them blew on small 
wind instruments which sounded a bit 
like bagpipes, but the "bags" were 
their own cheeks. Through years of 
practice they had developed cheeks 
that bulged out like balloons. The big- 
ger the bulges, the more resonance 




LET'S GO, GO. GO! 

Jean and Dennis Shank — in Nigeria — about to "take off" 



the music produced, I suppose. Some 
even had as many as three great 
bulges on either side, the first set al- 
most even with the chin, the second 
set in a normal cheek position, the 
third set close to the ears. I was told 
that these are actually ruptures in 
the facial muscles and that the walls 
of the balloons are only the thin skin. 
As we walked along, the dancers 
would pep up and put on their acts, 
especially when pictures were being 
taken of them, and everyone was 
friendly and in a gay mood. 

At the end of the wide avenue 
stands the Shehu's palace. A canopied 
balcony overlooking the avenue had 
been prepared for the Princess and 
the important guests. Board seats in 
rows like bleachers had been erected 
on either side of the avenue. We were 
lucky to have seats high up where we 
could see well. At 8:30 the gates were 
closed and the procession commenced. 
The Shehu and the